Austin Rivers is the special assistant to the chief diversity officer at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Prior to joining the Fund, his roles included manager of partnerships at True North EDI, director of operations at SPL, Inc., and working on various political campaigns as a member of the field staff. In addition, he worked for several years as a musical theater actor performing off-Broadway, in international and national tours, and regional theaters across the country. Mr. Rivers holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida where his studies focused on organizational culture; diversity, equity, and inclusion programs; and strategic planning. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University where he double majored in musical theater and political science. In his spare time, Mr. Rivers runs a small nonprofit organization he founded in 2020 called Knit the Rainbow, Inc., whose mission is to provide handmade winter garments to homeless LGBTQ+ youth.