Meet Our Executive Director

Victor Rivera is the Executive Director at Loaves and Fishes of Rio Grande Valley, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Harlingen and Raymondville, TX.  Victor was born in California but lived most of his life in Texas.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Brownsville, now named the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. He also earned a Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University of Utah.  Victor is also a family man with two children, Victoria and Lucas, and his wife, Miriam, who is an educator.

Victor launched his career in Brownsville, where he began his specialization in coordinating educational initiatives that served the community at large.  This led to a 19-year service with Brownsville Literacy Center, a time-honored non-profit organization where he served as a volunteer teacher, mobile lab mentor, education coordinator, and executive director. Victor also helped extend services to provide street outreach to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness – providing a firm foundation for the executive director role of Loaves & Fishes.

In 2018, Victor attained the education coordinator role at United Way of Southern Cameron County, where he gained community planning and strategy development experience.  He also developed and managed resources to support work and create a sustainable base for long-term strategy implementation.  His expertise in collecting, compiling and analyzing data to benchmark progress and define direction prepared him for his new role at Loaves and Fishes of the RGV.

Director's Message:

My goal is to use my values of hard work and dedication to guide me on my path to serve Loaves and Fishes’ mission. My inspiration is the satisfaction of positive and collective impact in helping others through the contribution of support resources for those in the community who need them the most.

With the support of the community and the tireless team at Loaves and Fishes, I would like for Loaves and Fishes to continue reaching new heights by bringing to fruition, mobile loaves and fishes where it can reach more of the underserved population and provide them those much-needed meals.  I would very much like to work with the homeless population and offer micro-entrepreneurship opportunities to help kick start their own business.

In the words of Gordon B. Hinckley, “being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.”