Favorite book: ‘Fates and Furies’ by Lauren Groff. R. Rex Parris
California Assembly Assemblywoman Luz M. Rivas was born to an immigrant family in the San Fernando Valley. She was elected to the California State Assembly in 2018 and represents the 39th Assembly District. She said she has built her career “at the intersection of engineering, education and public service,” founding nonprofit DIY Girls as a way to encourage girls to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology. She has worked as an electrical design engineer for Motorola and helped write environmental technology curricula for area high school students. Rivas is chair of the Natural Resources and Nonprofit Sector committees. She also serves on the Budget Committee, Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Taxation, and Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management in addition to select committees representing Latina Inequalities and Education. ALMA MATER: Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Master’s of Education degree from Harvard University.