BikePortland Podcast: Catching up with Vivian Satterfield

In this episode, I caught up with one of Portland’s busiest advocates, Vivian Satterfield. Her work happens mostly behind the scenes as a member of many of the key committees, coalitions and task forces that shape local and regional transportation policies.

Vivian is director of strategic partnerships at Verde NW, a nonprofit based in northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood that “builds environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy”. Just one example of Verde’s work is how they organized, lobbied and helped build Cully Park, which opened in 2018. She’s also worked as a transit activist with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon.

I wanted to talk to Vivian not just because she’s a smart and respected leader in the fight to reform transportation in our region, but because she brings a layered perspective to her work as a mixed-race, first generation Chinese-American born and raised in urban Chicago. She’s also a former bike racer who’s competed on the road and at the velodrome.

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Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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Jason Skelton
Jason Skelton
2 years ago

Great interview. And shout out to Rogers Park!

2 years ago

I realize you may have good reasons for putting the transcript into a PDF, but it makes it quite hard to read, especially on mobile. It would be great if the transcript could just be normal HTML. Thanks for considering that.