Nina Rivera

Adjunct Instructor


Nina C. Rivera is a Senior Appellate Attorney in the Office of Federal Operations at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Rivera believes strongly in the EEOC’s mission that “The EEOC acts…to vindicate the public interest in preventing employment discrimination.” To that end, Ms. Rivera issues final decisions regarding complaints of employment discrimination in the federal sector under Title VII, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Equal Pay Act, including decisions regarding mixed case complaints from the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. Additionally, Ms. Rivera is an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law where she teaches Employment Discrimination Law.

Prior to her employment with the EEOC, Ms. Rivera was a supervisor and investigator for the investigative firm of Delany, Siegel, Zorn & Associates, Inc., (DSZ). While there, she supervised and managed contract EEO Investigators and EEO Counselors. As an investigator, she investigated Title VI and Title VII EEO complaints filed against the federal government, and, conducted work place assessments regarding diversity.

Ms. Rivera started her career as a medical malpractice defense litigator with the law firm of Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O’Keefe and Nichols, where she learned invaluable litigation skills.

Ms. Rivera earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College. She earned her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and earned an L.L.M., in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, the Connecticut Bar, the Massachusetts Bar, and the California State Bar (inactive).