Barr Fellows

Vivien Li

President & CEO, Riverlife

Vivien Li is President and CEO of Riverlife, a non-profit organization founded in 1999 to reclaim, restore, and promote Pittsburgh's riverfronts. Since assuming her responsibilities at Riverlife in late 2015, Vivien has worked for completion of the Three Rivers Park open space and trail network; promoted greater public amenities along the riverfront for the general public to use and enjoy; worked with Pittsburgh elected officials to secure passage of an interim riverfront planning overlay district as the city develops permanent riverfront zoning; and fostered greater environmental sustainability and green infrastructure options.

When recognized as a Barr Fellow in 2005, Vivien was President of The Boston Harbor Association. She was instrumental in working to restore Boston Harbor beaches, helping to establish Boston's 41-mile HarborWalk public access system, and focusing action to address climate change and sea level rise. Vivien co-chaired Boston's Climate Action Plan Steering Committee, was a member of Boston's Green Ribbon Commission, and chaired the Boston Conservation Commission.

Vivien currently serves as a member of Chatham University's Sustainability Advisory Committee; an overseer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard teaching hospital; an advisory board member of Harvard University's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston; and a member of the national Sierra Club's Finance and Risk Management Committee.

In 2017, Vivien received an honorary degree from Allegheny College.  She has degrees from Barnard College and Princeton University.