Agnes Torres Rivera

Evaluation Specialist

Why I work at Everyday Democracy:

I believe the only way to have a real democracy is by creating spaces where people can talk about the issues affecting them and plan for possible solutions.

Everyday Democracy’s Dialogue to Change process offers a way of doing that and as part of the Evaluation and Learning Team, I can help measure the impact our work is having.

What I love about what I do:

As part of the Evaluation and Learning Team I enjoy exploring and analyzing data. I believe Evaluation is important to assess the impact and areas of growth for our different programs and initiatives. I also love being able to hear different stories of change from the people we work with. 

How I got here:

I’m originally from Puerto Rico where I studied Social Community Psychology. I am passionate about environmental justice and for my Master’s Degree thesis I studied how different environmental groups in Puerto Rico organized themselves to achieve their goals. I moved to Connecticut after Hurricane Maria; and I’ve recently joined the Evaluation and Learning Team at Everyday Democracy. 

What I do when I’m not helping communities create change:

I enjoy reading, hiking and going to the beach. I love to travel, plan travels and visit my beautiful Puerto Rico.

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.