Command - Deputy Sector Commander
Captain Roberto Rivera currently serves as the Deputy Sector Commander and Alternate Captain of the Port at USCG Sector Delaware Bay overseeing more than 815 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel; 2,100 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, and 17 Coast Guard units. Sector Delaware Bay is responsible for all eleven Coast Guard missions across much of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and all of Delaware out to 200 miles offshore.
Most recently he served as the Division Chief of Industry Preparedness and Incident Coordination at Coast Guard Headquarters, where he acted as the National Response Coordinator for Oil and Hazardous Material Response at FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center. There he coordinated with industry and provided assistance with incident response to prevent, enforce, and respond to oil discharges and hazardous substance releases into the navigable waters of the United States.
Prior to, he headed the USCG Sector San Francisco Prevention Department instilling marine safety, security, and stewardship through enforcement of International and U.S. regulatory policy and leading numerous environmental crime prosecutions across eight commercial port authorities, 12 port cities, seven petroleum refineries, 70+ marine terminals, and 21 federal anchorages. During this period, he acted as the Deputy Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief, for the cruise ship GRAND PRINCESS COVID-19 outbreak where 21 people tested positive aboard ship with 3,500 crew and passengers on board.
His vast experience in operational assignments include Chief of Inspection at Sector Honolulu, Activities Far East as International Port Security Liaison Officer, Resident Inspection Office Ponce Detachment Supervisor, Assistant Chief of Inspection and Incident Management Division Officer at Sector San Juan and spent four years at Sector Miami and Marine Safety Office Miami serving numerous leadership roles across incident management and inspection divisions.
CAPT Rivera graduated from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico with a B.S. in Microbiology, Biomedical Sciences, and Pre-Medical Technology. Additionally, he earned a Master in Global Management and Marketing at the University of Phoenix. His military decorations include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and numerous Unit and Service awards.
CAPT Rivera is married to his wife Jasmine and they have four children, Ian, Sean, Soleil, and Kai.