Vivian Song Maritz

For Seattle School Board Director, Position 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

Introducing: Diego Batres

Hello all! My name is Diego Batres, and I am the newest addition to Vivian’s Campaign! I’m helping manage the social media accounts and various other odds and ends. I’m a Washingtonian born and raised, and I am currently attending Seattle University for a double major...

Capital Projects

I recently visited West Woodland Elementary to take a picture that I posted to Facebook a couple of days ago. However, due to the nature of Facebook and the length of posts, I couldn't explain in detail the importance of Capital Projects. I will do so now. Seattle is...

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