Vivian grew up in El Paso, TX and is a resident of Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood. You can find her spreading the word about great things in Mattapan on twitter @mattapanviv. She says she joined the LivableStreets board because the organization has been a “one-stop transit advocacy shop” for her, and she hopes to bring the Street Ambassador program to Mattapan and surrounding neighborhoods. Vivian was a featured speaker at the StreetTalk 10-in-1 in 2015, and fondly remembers Boston Chief of Streets Chris Osgood running over to introduce himself right after she’d just finished pointing out the eight lanes of traffic that people were forced to cross without a crosswalk on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan Square (An area which still has yet to see any changes!). Vivian is Coordinator for the Let's Get Healthy, Boston! project for Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition in conjunction with the Boston Alliance for Community Health and the Boston Public Health Commission. She enjoys jigsaw puzzles and playing board games.

Vivian says: I want to live in a city where forward-thinking residents in underrepresented neighborhoods can partner with interested designers, planners, artists, engineers, etc. to design neighborhood outdoor spaces.
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Vivian Ortiz