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October 26, 2021
 
Immigrant Learning Center Names Vincent Rivers as ED
Vincent Rivers
Vincent Rivers

September 24, 2021 — The Immigrant Learning Center, a Malden nonprofit that provides English language instruction and educates the public about the contributions of immigrants to American society, recently announced that it named Vincent Rivers as its first executive director.

Since its inception in 1992, The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC)has been led by Diane Portnoy, its found and chief executive officer, who will continue as CEO, concentrating on longer-term strategy for growing and strengthening the organization.

Rivers, who joined the ILC as a board member in 2005, will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations.

ILC noted, “His successful career in banking and investment management makes him a good choice for the financial side of the organization, and his long commitment to the mission positions him well to help The ILC give more immigrants a voice.”

Rivers has more than 20 years of experience in finance and investment management at J O Hambro Capital Management, Fidelity Investments, and Wellington Management.

Rivers described his pivot from a profit-driven career to a mission-driven one, noting, “I always assumed I would find my way back to my roots. My parents were educators, and education has always been high on my priority list. I wanted to point my career in a direction that has more of a social return.

“This seemed like the right time, and my longstanding relationship with The Immigrant Learning Center made it the right place for me. I could not be more thrilled for this opportunity to help Diane prepare The ILC for its next stage of growth.”

Rivers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Boston College and a Master of Business Administration degree in accounting and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Since it opened in1992, with three teachers and 60 student, the ILC has served more than 10,500 students from 188 countries and 89 Greater Boston communities. Last year, it received a literacy award from the Library of Congress, and has been recognized by, among others, the North Shore Black Women’s Association, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the New England Literacy Resource Center, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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