East Village and Special Projects Director

Juan Rivero joined Village Preservation in April 2021 as East Village and Special Projects Director. Juan is an urban planner, researcher, and community advocate with experience in government, academia, and not-for-profits. He has most recently been serving on the coordinating committee of the City Club of New York, and teaching courses on urban revitalization and public space at Rutgers University and NYU. Much of his research and advocacy has revolved around questions surrounding heritage preservation. Juan also served as the spokesman and co-director for Save Coney Island, a community-based group, formed in response to a redevelopment plan by the City, with the goal of preserving the historic features, structures, and functions of that neighborhood as a historic and affordable amusement destination. And his writing about that redevelopment process has been published in numerous academic journals. He is currently working on a book about heritage preservation in Coney Island.

Read more about Juan here.