RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Soldanela Rivera López

Director of Presidential Strategic Initiatives

Office of Communications, Office of the President


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Soldanela, also known as Sol, is a multi-disciplinary communications executive and producer spanning the fields of dance, film (fiction and non-fiction), television, music, theater, and education. Through her work in the arts and entertainment field, Sol has worked from community centers to prisons to historic concert halls with emerging, established, and world-renowned figures. And, has lead or been part of teams that managed local, national, and international productions and campaigns. In 2018, she self-published a short memoir dedicated to caregivers titled “View For Death.” Since 2016, Sol produces Notes From A Native Daughter a raw format style audio blog about arts, culture, and society with figures from the Pan-American experience. Currently, Soldanela serves as Director of Presidential Strategic Initiatives at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York. IG: @soldanelarivera