Bré Rivera



Program Officer, Black Trans Fund


Bré Rivera is a Black trans femme who has dedicated over 20 years of movement building for Black trans communities. She is a multi-published researcher working with both Wayne State University and University of Michigan schools of Public Health, and a writer and co-creator of The Femme Queen Chronicle, a series about the lives of Black trans women living in Detroit, Michigan.

In 2020, Bré launched the Black Trans Fund, incubated by Groundswell Fund, the first fund centering joy and liberatory practices in Black transgender and gender-expansive communities. Black trans leaders drive the mission and vision of the fund, create programming and make thoughtful grants to support Black trans joy and thriving. During its inaugural year, BTF moved $500,000 to Black trans communities.

Before her time at Black Trans Fund, Bré was a founder and executive director of Trans Sistas of Color Project-Detroit, the first Black trans-led organization in Michigan. Bré is very active in various movements, serving as a board member for Positive Women’s Network-USA, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, Third Wave Fund, and Grantmakers for Girls of Color.