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Global Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion | HKS, Inc.

Yiselle Santos Rivera


Yiselle Santos Rivera, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LSSYB, WELL AP, LEED AP, is a medical planner and the Firmwide Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at HKS, Inc. With national and international experience on a broad range of healthcare, residential, institutional, and commercial/mixed-use projects, she thrives on building belonging in equitable practices, empowering the next generation of leaders, and creating inclusive platforms for engagement.

Ms. Santos currently serves as the Associate Representative on the AIA National Board and as the AIA DC Chapter Board Secretary. She is a committee member in the AIA Equity and the Future of Architecture, the New Urban Agenda Taskforce, and the AIA COVID-19 Health Impact Task Force #1. She is a co-founder of the Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, and Architects (LA.IDEA) DC Committee, acting past-Chair of the AIA DC Equity Committee, and founder of “Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design” (WIELD), which received the 2019 AIA Diversity Program Recognition Award.

Yiselle is a published author and has been featured on national Podcasts. She is a storyteller, a 2015 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Scholar, and a recipient of the 2018 AIA Associate Award.