Our Team

 Justin Riversjustin-rivers-head-shot
Founder, Interim Executive Director

Justin is the program visionary of The Character Connection Initiative. He has synthesized nearly two decades of experience working with students, teachers, principals and parents into a fresh and impactful perspective on character education.

After seven years as an English Language Arts teacher at a New York Archdiocesan grade school, Justin spent ten years as Lead Educator at Friends of Nick, a character education organization. He developed program materials, trained teachers and instituted intentional character language into the classroom culture. He also co-developed and delivered a series of training modules to instruct partner educators in implementing the foundation’s groundbreaking “character exercises.”

Justin received a BA from Fordham University, with a double major in English and Communications. He is co-creator of “The Wonder City,” a graphic novel that re-imagines New York City’s entire history. He is the playwright and producer of “The Eternal Space,” an off-Broadway play that centers on the demolition of New York City’s Pennsylvania Station.


Board of Directors

Barbara Hackett, Chair

Alexandra M. DalPan, Vice Chair

Megan McMahon, Treasurer
Director of Recruiting, RGP

Advisory Council

Dr. David Marcotte, SJ
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training, Fordham University