Environmental Equity Director, Greenlining Institute
Vien has received congressional, state, regional and local awards for her work on behalf of low-income communities and communities of color. In 2013, Vien was featured in the SF Chronicle as one of San Francisco’s “Top Women Leaders.” In 2014, she received Urban Habitat’s “Movement Builder” award and Oxfam America’s “Act Local, Think Global” award.
Prior to joining Greenlining, she led Green For All’s state policy and workforce development efforts. Vien was an Associate Attorney for the New Business Practicum at UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, has worked with California Senator Joe Simitian in researching and developing state law, clerked with Chief Magistrate James Larson at the San Francisco Federal District Court and was the Community Economic Justice Law Fellow at UC Berkeley’s East Bay Community Law Center, helping to develop innovative, long-term economic development solutions to address the systemic problems confronting low-income communities.
She holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Vien has served on the City of Oakland’s Planning Commission, helping guide the growth and development of her hometown.