Recognized Boston Waterfront Advocate Vivien Li to Lead Riverlife

August 3, 2015

The Boston Harbor Association’s President to Join Acclaimed Pittsburgh Nonprofit 

03be9d69-e30c-447d-97d0-c8fbc274fe02O’Neill and Associates would like to congratulate Vivien Li, President and former Executive Director of the Boston Harbor Association, who has recently been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Riverlife, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit waterfront advocacy organization.

Riverlife is a public-private partnership that works with property owners, elected officials, and community organizations to build Pittsburgh’s riverfront park system and help redevelop its riverfront. Vivien will be assuming the position as of October 1, 2015.

Vivien recently celebrated her 24th anniversary with The Boston Harbor Association, and is credited with the revitalization of Boston Harbor and its waterfront. Vivien has been instrumental in and a key advocate of promoting the cleanup of the Boston Harbor, resulting in a swimmable harbor and restored beaches; more than forty-one miles of a HarborWalk public access system through six waterfront neighborhoods; and efforts to increase public awareness and proactive measures to ensure climate resilient development along the harbor.

Along with her involvement in The Boston Harbor Association, Vivien is currently the Chair of MassDevelopment’s Brownfields Advisory Group, Chair of the Boston Conservation Commission, Co-Chair of Boston’s 2014 Climate Action Plan Steering Committee, and the immediate past Co-Chair of the Advisory Council, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Additional press coverage related to Vivien’s announced departure as President of The Boston Harbor Association can be found in the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, the Boston Business Journal, Banker and Tradesman, the Pittsburgh Business Times, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the State House News Service,, and
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