About Us

Vivien Li

President and Chief Executive Officer

Vivien Li stands on the riverfront smiling


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Vivien Li is President and CEO of Riverlife, a leading non-profit organization which seeks to reclaim, restore, and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. Under her leadership, Riverlife continues to work closely with property owners to complete a 13-mile riverfront public access system with public amenities such as seating areas, drinking fountains, bike fix-it stations, phone charging outlets, and public rest rooms. Other priorities include programming and activation of the riverfront, partnerships with underserved communities to ensure better connections to the riverfronts, and promoting environmentally sustainable riverfront development.

Vivien serves on Carlow University President’s Advisory Council; Chatham University Sustainability Advisory Committee; Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life Committee; Pittsburgh City Planning Department’s Contextual Design Advisory Panel; and on Allegheny County Health Department Advisory Coalition. Vivien is also an overseer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard University teaching hospital; an advisory board member of Harvard University’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston; a committee member of the New Frontier Awards presented by Harvard’s Institute of Politics and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation; and a member of the national Sierra Club’s Finance and Risk Management Committee.

Prior to joining Riverlife in 2015, Vivien served as Executive Director and then President of The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) for more than two decades. While at TBHA, she chaired MassDevelopment’s Brownfields Advisory Group as well as the Boston Conservation Commission, and was a trustee of Eastern Bank Corporation and a trustee of the Boston Foundation for Architecture. Vivien served a three year term on Princeton University’s Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees, and is a past co-chair of the Advisory Council, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Vivien was the first non-architect elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects.

Vivien has degrees from Barnard College and Princeton University. She has been recognized by numerous organizations, including most recently with an honorary degree from Allegheny College (2017), by the Boston Society of Architects with its Commonwealth Award (2017), by Alcosan with a Clean Star Award (2016), and by the national Sierra Club with its Walter Starr Award (2015).