Sarai Rivera is a first generation Puerto Rican American, raised and educated in Worcester from kindergarten to college. She is a Doherty High School and Worcester State College graduate.  Dr. Rivera has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Univ. of Connecticut School of Social Work and Doctorate in Urban Ministries from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

Sarai Rivera lives in District 4.  She is the founding Director of the Shalom Neighborhood Center and currently works as a Clinical Therapist.  She also serves as Co-Senior Pastor of Christian Community Church. Dr. Rivera is a longtime community advocate and an active member of various boards and organizations. These efforts include: the Chandler Elementary Community School Stakeholders, the Worcester Clergy/Police Partnership, the Main South Promise Neighborhoods Initiative, and the Mayor’s Task Force on Immigrants and Refugees and Women Together.


• Doherty High School
• Worcester State College
• Masters; Univ. of Connecticut School of Social Work
• Doctorate; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


22 years Administrative and Leadership experience in community
development, system problem solving, education and youth development
• Co-founder and Director of Programs; Shalom Neighborhood Center, Worc.
• Clinical Therapist
• Co-Pastor; Christian Community Church


Various Boards, Commissions and City Initiatives, i.e.
• Worcester Clergy/Police Community Partnership
• Initiated & Chairs; UPCS Parent Council
• Leadership Council – Common Pathways


• Homeowner, Main South/Webster Sq.
• Married 17 years, 6 children