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Vivian Song Maritz

For Seattle School Board Director, District 4

I’m running for School Board Director so I can help build a better future for our district’s students. I’m a mother of four current and future Seattle Public Schools students and a private sector finance and operations professional.

I believe in inclusion, quality, and good governance.

Why I’m Running

Public schools are the bedrock of our community. A thriving and just society owes equal opportunity to all, and that cannot be achieved without quality, inclusive education.

I know this first-hand as the child of immigrants who came to the United States with literally nothing, just $500 in their pockets. From my beginnings as an English as a Second Language student (or what is now known as a dual language learner), whose hearing disability was identified by a teacher, I received a quality public education and am the first woman in my family to graduate from college. Public education transformed my life.

I am a mother of four current and future Seattle Public Schools students. I have more than 15 years of private sector experience in finance and management and a record of over 25 years of community engagement. I have served on the Building Leadership Team and as a PTSA president at John Stanford International School and am currently a member of the school district’s Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council.

As I attended more and more School Board meetings, I realized that there was an opportunity for me to better serve our students, families, teachers, and staff. I bring a diverse background, a true commitment to public schools, and a genuine desire to work for greater opportunity and outcomes for all.

Vivian's Immigrant Family

Vivian is a daughter of immigrants from Taiwan and Brazil, born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She is a product of public schools.

My Vision

Seattle Public Schools has the capacity to provide excellence for all students, families, teachers, and staff.

Under my leadership, I will work with all stakeholders so that we will recover from the pandemic stronger than ever. I am deeply committed to inclusion, quality, and essential services for all those that I serve.

News & Updates

Letter to Seattle City Councilmembers

Seattle City Councilmembers are currently considering a budget amendment that would pay for GPS tablets in school buses. As a parent volunteer, I have been advocating to local and state elected leaders for support to address our serious operational challenges, which...

Supporting the “Back to the Stage” Letter

Hello everyone! It’s Diego, the intern, writing this one. Vivian has consistently held that community input and collaboration are integral to her campaign. Accordingly, Vivian has graciously asked me (a Roosevelt Highschool Alumni) to talk about the campaign’s...

Running and serving as a POC

“What are these balloons for?” “Oh! This is a Meet the Candidate Event. I am running for office.” “I only vote locally.” “Great! This is for a local office, school board.” “No. I only vote for people from this country.” This is an actual conversation I had with...

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