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Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands District Office | Leadership Biographies

Josué E. Rivera, District Director

Josué E. Rivera was sworn in as the District Director of the SBA Puerto Rico-U.S. Virgin Islands District Office in February 2021. He previously served the nation as U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development State Director for Puerto Rico.

District Director Rivera previously served as the Chairman of the State Food and Agriculture Council (SFAC) during that time. Among other initiatives, he co-organized the first Puerto Rico Rural Lending Investment Summit, achieved Puerto Rico’s selection as a state pilot program for the Single-Family Housing Repair program, and organized industry-leading roundtables in telecommunications and public health, respectively, with federal and state partners.

Under his leadership the agency completed the largest public utility restructuring in Rural Development’s portfolio, over $400 million transaction involving the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA). During his first year in office, Josué received a Gears of Government Award from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in 2018 for the recovery efforts.

Previously, Rivera served as a policy advisor with the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), an agency that represents the Governor of Puerto Rico in Washington, DC. His advocacy portfolio included issues such as finance, agriculture, telecommunications, interstate commerce, air cargo deregulation, employee retention credit, Opportunity Zones, and federal tax reform. Consistent with his focus on good governance, his PRFAA peers elected Josué as the chairman of the agency’s ethics committee.

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María in 2017, Josué Rivera was responsible for garnering resources and coordinating recovery efforts following the storm’s catastrophic path through Puerto Rico. He worked directly with FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and the National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) to expedite recovery efforts. He also led advocacy sessions and delegations to Capitol Hill whose work ultimately resulted in the historic appropriation of disaster supplemental funds for Puerto Rico. The Association of University of the Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) recognized Mr. Rivera with the Distinguished Alumni Award for his Hurricane María recovery efforts.

Josué previously practices audit in associate level role at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He also practiced as an associate at a local firm, Falcón Sánchez & Associates. During this time, he was the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Puerto Rico Professional Chapter.

Raised in Bayamón, Mr. Rivera enjoyed a productive career while a student at the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón, where major in Accounting and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 2010, the World Affairs Council of America awarded him a full scholarship to represent Puerto Rico in Washington, DC at its annual conference “US Foreign Policy: Into the Next Decade.” Later, the Puerto Rico Department of State selected Josué as a member of the 2010 cohort of the Baltasar Corrada Del Río Internship program. His commitment to community service earned him awards by multiple non-profit organizations, such as the congressionally-chartered U.S. Civil Air Patrol and the National Exchange Club of San Juan.

Josué has been married to his college sweetheart, Stephanie González, since 2016. They both live in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.