River Talarico Grillo


River joins World Savvy as our Operations Manager.

River brings 10 years of experience as an operations leader, educator, and facilitator. They began their career coaching students and leading class consciousness training for staff at College Possible, an organization they first participated in as a high school/college student.

For several years, River has consulted with nonprofits to lead and facilitate systems and behavior change. Prior to consulting, they served as a Director of Operations at Hiawatha Academies where they designed and managed people-centered systems and trainings to further equitable access to resources and sustainable workplace conditions.

They have co-led various DEIJ initiatives over the years, including co-designing/facilitating unconscious bias training and workshops on dismantling white supremacy culture in the workplace, teaching/implementing LGBTQIA+ inclusive practices, and co-building intersectional equity education for hundreds of people. They believe that human-centered operations grow from an antiracist, intersectional foundation that actively fosters systemic equity, inclusion, and justice for all people.

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