Andrew Rivas is the current executive director of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops (CCC).
Prior to his appointment to the CCC in 2018, Andrew served in leadership and ministry in various positions within the Church. Most recently he was Director in the Office of Government & Community Relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It was his responsibility to advocate on behalf of the Church at all of the city halls and municipalities in LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Before coming home to California, he spent five years in Austin, TX, as executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference where he and his team advocated at the state capitol and were responsible for facilitating communication between the 15 dioceses of the state. From 2001 to 2006 Andrew was a policy advisor in the Domestic Social Development Office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC, responsible for advising the Bishops on criminal justice, agriculture and environmental issues.
Andrew earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UCLA and his law degree from Catholic University in Washington. He and his wife have four children and four grandchildren – so far.