Liliana Riva

Advisory Council Member
Liliana Riva, MPH has over 20 years of international and domestic experience providing resource development; strategic planning; and program design and management.

Much of her work has been in the arena of public health optometry and ophthalmology.  She brings a wealth of knowledge from the public, academic and private sectors of eye care to DOT. Her desire to join the DOT team stems from its for-profit model with a social mission.  She has always promoted the generation of revenue as a long-term sustainability strategy over dependence on grant funding.

Liliana oversaw the distribution of millions of dollars in grants to eyecare organizations in developing countries as the manager of U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Child Blindness Program. She has produced research and supported work aimed at understanding academic and productivity advances as a result of providing eyeglasses to schoolchildren alongside some of the most highly recognized researchers on these topics.

She has served as a member of the Advisory Panel for Eyeglasses for Global Development: Bridging the Visual Divide, the Program Advisory Committee for USAID’s EP-SCALE, and as a board member for Our Children’s Vision, a global campaign working to provide eyeglasses to 50 million children.  

Her current endeavors include managing a minority-owned, woman-owned business, DSA Global Partners that provides public health management and strategic planning; resource mobilization for social missions; epidemiological research; and now the distribution of COVID-19 serologic kits and PPE to those at highest risk for the disease.