Tilo Rivas is an American politician, research scientist and former journalist. He represents on the Hudson County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders, one of nine members who serve in a legislative role administering all county business.
Tilo Rivas was born in the Dominican Republic to Maria and Inocencio. He has two sisters, Angela and Dilia, and three brothers, Celso, Antonio and Hernan. Rivas was educated at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, where he studied communications. He immigrated to Hoboken, New Jersey in 1970, and moved to Union City in 1992.
Rivas is a technician for Kraft Foods Growth Group in East Hanover, New Jersey, and Maxwell House. He has also worked as a television and print journalist in both the United States and his native Dominican Republic.
Rivas was a member of the Union City Board of Education for one year. He was elected to the Union City Board of Commissioners in 2002, where he was in charge of the Department of Public Affairs. In 2004, he was elected to the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and currently serves as the board’s vice chairman.
On the Freeholder Board he serves as Chairman of the Education Committee, Representative on the Workforce Investment Board, and as a member on the following committees: County Government, Oversight and Policy Review; Economic Development and Housing; Ethics; Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs; Task Force on the Homeless; and Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
Rivas serves as a member of the Union City Committee. He has served on the Union City Redevelopment Agency, the Union City Board of Education, and as Chairman of the Union City Board of Education School Safety Committee.
Rivas married to his second wife, Marianela, he has two sons from his first marriage, Kenneth and Daniel.
Rivas is first degree black belt in judo, a sixth degree black belt in ju jitsu, and a first degree black belt in tae kwon do. As of 2009, has taught judo at the Myma Ryu School in the Bronx, New York City for 20 years.
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