Jackie Rivas

A global advocate for voluntarism

Jackie Rivas

The Junior League of Mexico City

Causes/Issue Area(s): voluntarism, public service, education

Honors/Achievements: Ph.D. in Humanistic Psychology and Human Development, one of four citizens to advise First Lady Margarita Zavala on social services for families, spoke at Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s 22nd annual symposium, worked with the U.N. on the State of the World Volunteer Report, gave a TEDTalk entitled “The Art of Giving”

Jackie Rivas is the kind of woman whose photo could appear beside the dictionary definition of civic leadership. For 35 years, she has been actively involved in the Junior League of Mexico City, in which she is currently an engaged Sustaining member, and which she served as President from 1992 to 1993. From 1999 to 2001, she elevated her commitment to a global level by serving on The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.’s Board of Directors as its International Director.

“Volunteering has always been part of my life, even when I was a kid,” she says. “Volunteering helps you grow as a person.”

Rivas’s passion for the mutual benefits of voluntarism runs so deep that she turned it into a career, returning to graduate school at the age of 40 to obtain her M.A. and Ph.D. in Humanistic Psychology and Human Development.

Currently she serves as the Director of the Center for Investigation and Studies of Civil Society at Tecnologico de Monterrey’s School for Humanities and Social Sciences in Mexico City where she fosters in her students humanistic values, an international perspective, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Her zeal for the subject seems inexhaustible. She has taught in the Psychology Department at the Universidad Iberoamericana; served as a director of JB Consultores, an international provider of human resources training in the corporate and nonprofit sectors; and works in leadership development with TEAM International where she gives courses in leadership to national and international companies.

She has served on several boards including those of the Mexican Center for Philanthropy, the International Society for Third Sector Research, and the National Mexican Health Foundation. She has also been a member of the Patrimonio de la Beneficencia Pública, a government organization designed to distribute resources among NGOs in Mexico. In addition, she is one of the four citizens who served as an advisor in the Consejo Ciudadano Consultivo of the DIF National System, which was presided over by First Lady Margarita Zavala.

An ardent and prolific advocate for voluntary action and civil participation, Rivas has presented papers, authored articles, and delivered speeches around the world. She has spoken at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s 22nd annual symposium, worked with the U.N. on the State of the World Volunteer Report, and given her own TEDTalk entitled “The Art of Giving.”

“The will of people helping other people is what advances nations.”