Mariely Rivera Hernández

Mariely Rivera Hernández
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Communications, Education, Leadership Development, Social Sector/Non-Profit, Gender Equity, Philanthropy Populations Served: Adults (21-64 years), Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories, Rural Communities, Urban Communities, Women
Executive Director
ChangeMaker Foundation


Mariely’s vision for a Culture of Health focuses on generating changes in power structures to empower nonprofit entities through professional education with an emphasis on impacting women leaders. The purpose is to promote gender equity in strategic decision-making processes, facilitating professional education with special attention on data culture, information, and assertive strategies as keys to achieving equity.

On the one hand, empowering women leaders encourages philanthropic, managerial, and entrepreneurial work, closing the inequality gap in the ecosystem of entities. According to the Census Bureau, by 2018, women held 42 percent of management positions and earned 78 percent of what men earned in the same positions. In management positions specifically, they earned 69.8 percent of what men earned. In general terms, the main roles of women in managerial positions have been directed to managing and administering projects, including supervision. The skills and abilities of organization, analysis of priorities, and distribution of resources that are generally attributed to women in their domestic roles do not necessarily translate into the recognition of those same abilities in executive leadership positions.

On the other hand, there is a lack of quantifiable data on the effort of nonprofit organizations. This lack of reliable information makes it more complex for potential donors and social investors to make a strategic analysis when making decisions to invest in a cause. Mariely aspires to create a support network and exchange of goods, information, and knowledge between organizations that encourage education in women leaders with the purpose that they design responsive coalitions to foster the growth of an organizational health culture that stimulates socioeconomic development within the third sector.


Mariely advocates supporting the health culture movement to transform collaborative relationships between nonprofits by transitioning from those based on necessity to those based on social investment; for a philosophy that strengthens organizational structures toward equity, transparency, and sustainability as the basis for professional education based on an organizational health culture. Our movement will help leadership practices change and aspire to design ecosystems with integral organizational health, and also to have a strong network and change agents as pivot-taking action.





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