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

Yiselle Santos Rivera

Assoc. AIA

Yiselle Santos Rivera, Associate AIA, is a medical planner and the Global Director of 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 equitable practices, empowering the next generation of leaders, and creating inclusive platforms for engagement.  She has served the AIA in local and national roles, including DC Chapter Board Director, Mid-Atlantic Regional Associate Director, and Strategic Council Associate Representative. She co-founded the Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, and Architects (LA.IDEA) DC Committee and founded “Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design” (WIELD), which received the 2019 AIA Diversity Program Recognition Award. Yiselle is a storyteller, a 2015 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Scholar, and a recipient of the 2018 AIA Associate Award.