JD, William Mitchell College of Law, 2001
MBA, ESADE Business School, 2013
BA, English Honors, University of Michigan, 1998
Admitted to Minnesota State Bar, October 2001
Jessica B. Rivas brings expertise in sustainable and international supply chains and their human rights impacts to her role as an adjunct professor who teaches undergraduate and graduate business students at DePaul.
Having launched a successful career in litigation, Rivas realized that helping companies and organizations develop more sustainable business practices was her true passion and where she wanted to use her education and talents.
Since then Rivas has worked in the apparel, agricultural, electronics, consumer goods and legal sectors as a sustainability, business development and legal consultant. Her client list includes a variety of companies that use their business models to affect social and environmental change, from start-up social enterprises trying to scale to Fortune 500 companies.
She has applied her expertise to working at the forefront of ethical sourcing, transparency and accountability with leading global supply chain companies, such as Marks & Spencer, Eileen Fisher and Vodafone. This effort has included designing ethical sourcing strategies to incorporate real-time mobile data from factory workers and farmers to increase transparency in their supply chains.
Rivas is a senior consultant at Footprint Partners. She brings an international perspective to her counsel having worked on sustainable supply chain issues in over 30 countries. She is a frequent speaker on sustainable supply chain topics, including presentations to more than 200 apparel suppliers in China on the value proposition of social compliance and engaging with workers through mobile.
Rivas currently serves as the vice president of strategic partnerships on the executive board for Net Impact Chicago, an international community of change makers using their jobs to tackle the world’s toughest challenges.