Donovan (Don) Rivers has lived in Seattle for 42 years. He has worked for King County Metro for 32 years and is the father of two adult children.
Don’s background of hard work and demonstrated service in the Seattle community is evidence of his strong values and desire to make a noticeable difference. Donovan has boldly embraced the paradigm shift that is forcing our nation, our state and our district to creatively carve out a solid, well-sculptured path of recovery.
Don’s core values of economic development, education, and quality of life form the perfect foundation to begin this critical task. Don has the ability to motivate people by cultivating mind transforming seeds that empower people to do things for themselves that will improve the infrastructure of our communities. Key qualities are:
- Continuing Education Credit, Criticism and Discipline Skills for Managers, American Management
- Association, 1999
- Attended, Self-Discipline and Emotional Control, Career Track Seminars for Successful People, 1990
- Attended, Management, Office of Personnel Management, San Francisco Regional Training Center, 1990
- Green River Community College (Economics), 1989
- Professional Experience
- Founder, Urban Enterprises Mentorship Organization, 1992
- Director, Seattle Police Department, African American Community Advisory Council, 2004-2008
- Community Outreach, City of Kent, 1990
- Chief Executive Officer/Founder/Adviser, Apostolic Clergy Advisory Council
- Bridging the Gaps Coalition
- Chief Executive Officer/Founder, International All Clergy All Community Advisory Council
- Liaison, City of Kent
Don Rivers has been hailed as a champion on issues related to education, economic development, and criminal justice by bringing together clergy, community groups, local and state leaders and law enforcement in order to develop sound and practical solutions related to public safety.
For many years, Don has worked with the criminal justice system as the top adviser and trainer of officers for police departments in Washington State and nationwide. Former King County Executive Ron Sims credits Rivers for saving King County tax payers 2.5 million dollars each year on crime prevention.