About Us

What is a Blue Urpi and
who is behind it?

Blue Urpi is a boutique translation, interpreting, and instruction company founded and run by Gloria M. Rivera. She is an English/Spanish translator, Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) and Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI), CA Certified Court Interpreter and trainer.

Here are some interesting facts about Gloria:
  • Made in Peru: Born and raised in Lima, Peru.
  • She was a doctor in her previous life: Graduated from Universidad San Martin de Porres’ College of Medicine and worked at the Peruvian Navy Medical Center as a general practitioner and general surgeon.
  • She moved to the US and changed careers: Achieved the Professional Certificate of Translation and Interpretation at UCSD Extension.
  • She is court and medically certified: Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI-Spanish), Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI-Spanish), and California Certified Court Interpreter (CCCI).
  • She shares her knowledge with her peers: She taught for the UCSD Translation and Interpreting Certificate at UCSD and she is a Faculty Member of the National Center for Interpretation’s Agnese Haury Institute (University of Arizona) teaching the Medical Interpreter Training Institute (MITI) since 2013. 
  • She has taught in the US and abroad: In several conferences in the US, like ATA, NAJIT, CHIA, IMIA, IITA, ATI, MICATA, and internationally at IITA, Colegio de Traductores del Perú, and in Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo with Dr. Fernando Navarro.
  • She mentors new and novice translators and interpreters: Through her Facebook Group, Medical Translation and Interpreting Crew. There, she shares tips and resources with the crew. Gloria started it in June 2016 and has over 8,300 members!
  • She loves teaching! In fact, she was the recipient of CHIA’s 2018 Trainer of the Year Award. 
In short, whether it is a translation, interpreting, or training project, she uses her love for medicine, translation, and interpreting on every project she takes.  

Blue Urpi’s name is comprised of two special words: Blue and Urpi.

The color blue is associated with inner peace, calm, and optimism. Being the same color as the ocean and the sky, it is universal. The word urpi (oor-peeh) is from the Quechua, one of the official indigenous languages of Peru. Urpi means “paloma” in Spanish or “pigeon” in English. Pigeons have been used for centuries as trusted messengers.

This is what we strive to provide our clients: carry their message clearly and timely in a calm and relaxed manner. 


 Blue Urpi is located in Oakland, CA. We serve Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties.

Whatever your project is, please feel free to reach out for a quick quote. You can contact us at info@blueurpi.com.

Gloria with fellow translators and interpreters in audio and video

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