Gloria Ortiz-Rivera

Career Pathway Site Director

Gloria joined the ReadyCT team in 2019, bringing with her over 25 years of passionate commitment to youth and workforce development. Many of those years were spent working in various capacities for both corporate and nonprofit organizations that educated and trained youth and young adults to become prepared for post-secondary education, military service, apprenticeships, and/or employment. Her responsibilities included working in collaboration with employers, businesses, and community partners in addition to serving as a speaker and facilitating trainings, workshops, and conferences on various topics including leadership, self-improvement, grit, and career readiness. Gloria has also worked as an adjunct professor for Goodwin College and co-taught at the University of Saint Joseph. More recently, she served as a panelist for both AdvancED and Measured Progress, Inc. on the International and National Bias and Sensitivity Review panels. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College, a master’s degree from Minot State University, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education at the University of Hartford. Gloria is a plant enthusiast, currently writing her first book, and learning guitar. She lives in Wethersfield, CT with her husband Jose; they have two sons, Joshua and Jonathan.

“I consider myself an advocate for young adults and believe in the power of quality education and training. As an English language learner, education was my road out of poverty; it was the ‘engine of opportunity’ that propelled me to where I am today. I am honored to be a part of the ReadyCT team and the work that engages, educates, and transforms the lives of our future generations.”