Families & Schools Together, Inc. is extremely pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Toni Rivera-Joachin.
Toni Rivera-Joachin has over twenty-four years of non-profit management experience and expertise working with underserved populations, including children and families, and advocating for social justice and self-sufficiency across a variety of non-profit sectors. As a Latina, Ms. Rivera-Joachin is bilingual in Spanish and English. Specific expertise includes program and community development, grant writing experience and community partnership/relationship development.
Ms. Rivera-Joachin spent 10 years at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin managing the nationally recognized violence prevention and intervention program, Project Ujima. Additionally, Ms. Rivera-Joachin is a founding member of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) started in 2009.
Ms. Rivera-Joachin most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Director at Centro Hispano Milwaukee (Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc.) advocating for the Latino population through dual language early childhood education including Early Head Start and Head Start programs, elderly housing, adult education and immigration community services. In this role, Ms. Rivera-Joachin provided vision and oversight of the programs and services offered through Centro Hispano Milwaukee reaching over 15,000 people annually.
Ms. Rivera-Joachin obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed her Master of Science degree in Business Management in 2007 from Cardinal Stritch University.
Ms. Rivera-Joachin lives in Milwaukee and is married with two beautiful daughters. She plans to move to Madison later this year.
Ms. Rivera-Joachin started work at FAST on March 4, 2019. We are delighted that she has joined our organization and look forward to a strong, positive working relationship to bring FAST to more families and communities.