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Riverlife news and events, April 2018

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Photo by Maranie Staab

A farewell to Vivien Li

Last week, Riverlife said goodbye to president and CEO Vivien Li. After two and a half years as head of the organization, Vivien tendered her resignation to the Riverlife board, citing her desire to return home to Boston to care for family members in declining health.

The Riverlife staff and board truly thank Vivien for all she’s done during her time at Riverlife. Vivien was instrumental in securing commitments from riverfront developers to include public open spaces and public amenities for riverfront users; helping secure unanimous City Council approval of an interim planning overlay district for Pittsburgh’s riverfronts and helping shape the proposed “RIV” legislation to update riverfront zoning (more below); and overseeing groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings for the lower trail at Allegheny Landing, the Mon Wharf Switchback ramp and other projects.

Riverlife’s board of directors named Pete Mendes as Riverlife interim director after Vivien’s final day last Friday. Pete’s firm Mendes Consulting focuses on working with non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh area.  He brings 28 years of financial, governance and leadership experience to provide strategic and operational leadership for non-profits in a period of transition. He can be contacted at pete@riverlifepgh.org.

We wish Vivien the best as she returns to Boston to begin this new chapter!

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