Lisbeth Melendez Rivera

Director of Arts and Food Justice

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Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera, MAL, is a 30+ year veteran of the LGBTQ and labor movements. Lisbeth has extensive experience organizing and training at the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, racial/ethnic identity, and culture related explicitly to communities of color in the United States. Lisbeth has crisscrossed the globe and the country, training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development, and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective.

Among her many endeavors, Lisbeth has been the Director of Faith Outreach & Training at the Human Rights Campaign, The Spanish language Director for the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development, where she worked with people of faith across denominations to ensure we can be who we are, love whom we love, and practice our faith free of judgment.

Currently, she is a candidate for a Doctorate in Ministry (DMin) in Theology and Social Transformation. She holds a master’s in Social Transformation and a bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology. Justice and equity make her passions flare, and her days move forward. Today Lisbeth lives in Hyattsville, MD, alongside her wife, Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, and their chosen family, both human and furry.