Cossette Rivera has been the New York Office Manager since February 2009. Prior to joining Equality Now, she served as Residential Counselor and Administrative Assistant at YAI National Institute For People With Disabilities, where she provided individual and group counseling to clients with intellectual disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse backgrounds. Ms. Rivera has extensive experience in administrative and events management. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hands On New York, Inc., where she has been an active volunteer since 2007, helping with their annual community events. She holds an Associate degree in Paralegal Studies and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.