Sara Rivera

Partner/Senior HR Consultant/Employment Law & Employee Relations Specialist

Sara holds a degree in Business Administration from Wagner College in New York City. An immigrant from Central America, Sara quickly knew that her professional career would be in any field that was about advocating for people and providing resources for their betterment. Sara’s professional bilingual career began in the field of Risk Management for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. There she sat on the Safety Committee Board for 5 years. She was then initiated to the Human Resources field for the hospitality industry with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in 1992, where she mastered all disciplines of HR with a focus on Employment Law, Compliance and Training. In search to further her career, Sara accepted the position of Director Human Resources with Fairmont Hotels in Santa Monica, CA. There, she successfully negotiated a 5-year contract and established a good working relationship with Local 814, H.E.R.E.. During her tenure, she worked in both union and non-union environments with a focus on Labor Law and Immigration Compliance.

In 2001, Sara left the hotel industry to service as a VP of Human Resources for various independent restaurant chains throughout the U.S. making her knowledgeable in wage and hour laws and compliance regulations for many states. 

From these experiences, Sara pursued a consulting career.  She brings her coaching and advisory role to a wide variety of industries including hotels, restaurants, automotive, non-profit organizations, manufacturing and technology. Sara has helped many organizations with Strategic Planning, Performance Management and all disciplines of HR. Sara has been associated with ECG since its inception in 2003.

Sara is an active member of Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the National Human Resources Association (NHRA), the Council for Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and HR California. Sara is also certified to assess and train on numerous behavioral assessments such as DISC, Batrus Hollweg, and the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.