Uniting people in the pursuit of a common mission is the core of Riyza’s professional philosophy. As Network Engagement Manager with the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN), she implements this philosophy by facilitating the relationships and growth of a trusted, collaborative network for local government sustainability leaders in the Southeast.
Riyza is dedicated to empowering participatory, community-informed sustainability/resilience strategies via her work with local governments. She believes that change is most effective at the local level, and that governments – in close partnership with their people – are charged with the responsibility of setting the framework for resilient community growth. Despite the challenges local government sustainability leaders face in their work, she knows that the impact of their fortitude will be felt by generations to come.
Having worked exclusively in nonprofit environments, her background includes experience inspiring local youth, empowering refugee families, championing inclusive politics, addressing food insecurity, and encouraging smarter streets in the Tampa Bay area. Over time, her passions have evolved from service-centered resident support to participatory policy action toward resilient development. Alongside her current work, Riyza maintains a deep interest in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and community-led resilience strategies in developing areas.
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