John J. Rivera

John J. Rivera, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Administration

location  Office Location:  SBPA 138
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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John J. Rivera is an executive coach, consultant, and professor with more than 15 years of diverse professional, executive, and academic experience. He is a tenured associate professor of public administration with the University of Guam's School of Business & Public Administration, is the Master of Public Administration program director, and is co-founder and director for the Regional Center for Public Policy.

Rivera's expertise and forte is in human capital innovation through agile leadership transformation and organizational development -- specializing in emotional intelligence, personality type, and strategic talent capacity building. Throughout Guam and the region, Rivera has worked with a diverse array of companies from startups to global brands, federal, and public sector to nonprofits. His skill sets are complemented by some of the most prominent talent developmental assessments in the market today. He is Guam's first and only MBTI™ Master Practitioner and MBTI™ Certified Step III Practitioner, Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile (EMP) Founding Practitioner, the first Certified Manager (CM) Certified Instructor, and was among the first Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i) certified practitioners in Guam.


  • Ph.D., Organization and Management - Leadership Specialization, Capella University (Minn.)
  • BBA, PMBA, MPA, University of Guam
  • Executive Certificate in Public Policy for completion of:
    • Cyber Security: The Intersection of Policy and Technology Certificate, Harvard Kennedy School Exec. Ed.
    • Leadership in the 21st Century Program Certificate, Harvard Kennedy School Exec. Ed.
    • Emerging Leaders Program Certificate, Harvard Kennedy School Exec. Ed.
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF)
  • Certified Faculty Developer (CFD)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Manager (CM)
  • Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (KHS)
  • Equestrian Order of St. Sylvester Pope & Martyr (KSS)
  • L5 Behavioral Governance (L5)
  • Professional of Human Resource Management (PHR)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources – International (SPHRi)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP)


  • MBTI™ Certified Master Practitioner (Levels—Steps I, II, and III)
  • CPI™
  • EMP™ Founding Practitioner
  • EQ-i 2.0®
  • FIRO®
  • KGI®
  • MMTIC®
  • PMAI®
  • Strong®
  • TIPS™
  • TKI®

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