About Luz Rivas

Luz Rivas, Commissioner for the Board of Public WorksLuz Rivas has built a her career at the intersection of engineering, education and public service — most recently as founder and executive director of DIY Girls, a non-profit dedicated to increasing girls' interest and success in science and technology. Luz began her professional career as an electrical design engineer for Motorola after earning a Bachelor of Science from M.I.T. Her passion to get kids interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)  led her to pursue a Master of Education from Harvard University. 

For the last 15 years, Luz has worked at nonprofits, museums and universities where she has developed partnerships between educators and STEM research institutions to make cutting-edge science content accessible for K-12 students. She taught service learning for engineering undergraduates at USC, and worked to increase diversity at Caltech. Additionally, Luz has collaborated with engineers, planners and environmentalists to develop environmental technology curriculum for high school students and worked on NASA and National Science Foundation funded projects that aimed to increase access to STEM in community-based organizations. 

Luz was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. She has served as a champions board member of the California Girls in STEM Collaborative and a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. She serves on the Visiting Committee for the M.I.T Dean of Undergraduate Education. Luz is a graduate of Leadership LA, a program of the Southern California Leadership Network.