Vivienne Lee is an L.A. native and passionate about creating equitable opportunities and access for all by closing the racial wealth gap. As Managing Director, Vivienne is focused on advancing the efforts of Common Future to change the structures, terms, rules, and norms of utilizing investment capital to better serve our communities.
Vivienne joins Common Future from REDF where she built partnerships and created pilot programs that served as models as REDF scaled a social enterprise ecosystem nationwide. Vivienne was the lead architect of LA:RISE, a nationally recognized collaborative model that integrated the traditional workforce system and social enterprises to systematically address the overwhelming needs of homeless and re-entry populations. Prior to joining REDF, Vivienne led Citi Community Development’s efforts managing a philanthropic portfolio of grantees in Los Angeles focused on affordable housing, homeownership, small business, and financial inclusion in low-income communities.
Vivienne started her career as an Americorps VISTA volunteer, with the Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development, helping low-income families in Hawaii build wealth and assets through matched savings accounts. She earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning from MIT and attended Occidental College. Vivienne serves as an advisor and board member for multiple nonprofit, corporate, and government agencies and loves to travel the world learning about people through food and culture.