New Assistant State Treasurer Erhiza Rivera

Erhiza Rivera

OLYMPIA, WA – State Treasurer Duane Davidson will swear in Erhiza Rivera as Assistant Treasurer in a ceremony at the Legislative Building on Friday.                          

Rivera most recently worked as a Grants Manager at Heritage University in Toppenish, WA after spending 12 years in public service with the Benton County Treasurer’s Office.

In her time with the County she focused on investments and served as a Revenue Systems Accountant before she was appointed Chief Deputy Treasurer by then County Treasurer Davidson, who as State Treasurer called upon Rivera to serve once again.

“This is an incredible honor to have the opportunity work with him again,” Rivera said. “We shared a vision of improving how we use systems to make things better for tax payers, and now we have a chance to build on that.”

Rivera has ties to both eastern and western sides of the state. She was raised in Seattle, attended Cleveland High School, and later earned a degree in accounting from Eastern Washington University.

She will fill a position being left open by the retirement of Assistant Treasurer Shawn Myers, who served as Thurston County Treasurer before being recruited by then Treasurer-elect Davidson and moving to state service.

“When I asked Shawn to come on board with me it was because we had spent quite a bit of time working together in which I realized what an asset she would be to have on my team. Now that she is ready to retire I wanted to find the same type of working relationship, and I immediately thought of Erhiza,” Treasurer Davidson said.

Rivera said she wants to build relationships with local districts and work on identifying the needs of the state in order to improve upon services. She enjoys helping others and said in her new state government role with the Office of the State Treasurer she would be taking a look at how the state works to protect local government investments. 

“I feel that the work is going to be incredibly valuable and afford the opportunity to build processes and policies that help both local and state governments better serve Washingtonians,” she said.