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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2021 — Nonprofit HR’s Director of Talent Acquisition, Yvonne Rivera, will retire on Friday, January 29, 2021. Yvonne has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to supporting talent acquisition, people management and offering full lifecycle recruitment to a wide variety of nonprofits and mission-focused organizations.
For more than six years, Nonprofit HR has benefited from her leadership and expertise. Yvonne grew the firm’s direct hire and temp staffing business to where it is today. In 2019, Nonprofit HR decided to add recruitment outsourcing services to its portfolio to respond to the unique hiring challenges of social sector organizations that range from lack of bandwidth to ineffective hiring practices and beyond. Under Yvonne’s leadership, recruitment outsourcing expanded the firm’s services. More importantly, recruitment outsourcing gave rise to partnership opportunities with nonprofit leaders across the country to serve as their outsourced talent advisor skilled in providing volume recruitment strategies and solutions.
“I recall when I interviewed Yvonne as a finalist for the role of Manager, Talent Acquisition. She exuded confidence, and her resume spoke volumes. I thought to myself and heard the question tumble from my mouth—why Nonprofit HR at this point in your career?” asked Patty Hampton, Managing Partner. Yvonne responded, “The culture and the expertise I offer to grow a practice.” Hampton acknowledged that the Talent Acquisition practice grew exponentially every year and grossed more than $9M during her tenure because of Yvonne’s leadership. “Yvonne will be missed not only because she demonstrated that ‘fire-in-the-belly’ approach to her work but also because she dared to make good on a promise, that our firm would be her last stop before she retires,” said Hampton.
During Yvonne’s tenure with Nonprofit HR, she became a Certified Search Consultant and Certified Search Professional through the American Staffing Association. “We honor Yvonne’s dedication and invaluable contributions to Nonprofit HR. She has been a steady and consistent guiding force for our Talent Acquisition team and practice areas. I am grateful for the gift of service she brought to this firm,” said Lisa Brown Alexander, Founder & CEO.
Yvonne demonstrated an array of competencies, skills and passion for being a talent acquisition and retained search strategist. She leaves us with a proven track record of providing results-focused services and solutions as well as unwavering advice and guidance to candidates, clients and hiring teams.
When asked about her retirement vision, Yvonne shared, “The journey to retirement is a long one filled with the excitement of what’s to come and apprehension of, OK, what will I do next? I am filled with possibilities of wanting to help others, as much of my career has been working with the nonprofit sector I care so deeply for. I hope to use my bilingual Spanish skills to assist families in the school system by providing interpreting and translation services. As everyone knows how passionate I am about education. I am also very much looking forward to spending more time with my granddaughter Natalia and my soon-to-be grandson in the coming months and spending time at our new beach home in Ocean City, MD. The beach is my happy place. I also plan to stay connected with Nonprofit HR and have the opportunity to work on projects as I’m the sort of person that really needs to stay busy.”
Yvonne also shared, “I have spent the best time of my career with Nonprofit HR, a firm that truly values its employees and I knew I would stay here until it was time for me to retire. I only wish Lisa Alexander, our President & CEO, would have found me sooner to be part of this amazing organization, it truly is like family.”