Vivian’s experiences advocating for her brother, Brian, who has autism, sparked her passion for inclusion, equity, and disability issues. After obtaining a master’s degree in Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University and a law degree from UCLA School of Law’s Public Interest Law and Policy Program, Vivian practiced special education law for several years. She also worked on special education policy at the California Charter Schools Association, where she helped charter schools build their capacity to serve students with disabilities, and focused on implementation of California’s Competitive Integrated Employment Blueprint, which calls for stronger employment outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Vivian is currently a Senior Attorney in the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Practice Group at Disability Rights California, where she works on a range of policy and legislative issues in collaborations with the I/DD community, including equity, accountability, and systemwide change in the regional center system.
In addition to Disability Voices United, Vivian also serves on the boards of CalAPSE, the California chapter of a national organization dedicated to the right of individuals to employment in an inclusive workforce; and Kids Included Together, a nonprofit that provides training and coaching to community organizations on how to include children with disabilities. She continues to advocate for her brother as he starts in the Self-Determination program and begins to live independently in his own home for the first time. Vivian is based in Los Angeles.