VIVA is a women-owned social impact consulting firm partnering with nonprofits, public agencies, philanthropic organizations, and impact-forward companies to provide transformative strategic consulting and communications services.
What we do
We believe that effective partnership is essential to achieving impact and creating stronger communities. Whether consulting, communications, or a blend of the two, our work focuses on collaboration, high quality, and meaningful outcomes.
We identify what’s needed and provide supports to bring that vision to life.
We facilitate our clients and their partners to define their shared vision.
We create the environments and tools that enable collective impact efforts to succeed.
We infuse effective communications throughout our approach.
Here at VIVA, we believe in
How we do it
We synthesize and present information in clear and engaging ways. We lead thought-provoking conversations that result in breakthrough decisions. We use storytelling and visual design to capture imaginations and simplify complex ideas. And, we facilitate experiences that reinvigorate the same old processes and catalyze innovative results.
What our say
We work side by side with our clients to help them achieve meaningful, lasting social change.
“I have worked with VIVA on numerous efforts since the firm’s inception in 2011. I continue to partner with VIVA because of their impressive ability to develop actionable plans for systems change and to effectively communicate to key stakeholders. Christina and Nicole are truly experts in early childhood systems building consultation and they have built an incredibly intelligent and effective team. VIVA is able to facilitate complex discussions to drive systems thinking and partnership across sectors to continue to improve early childhood systems. Their ability to draw insights from research, interviews, and discussions and focus on the human-centric component of our work is truly unique. I know that whenever I am able to work with VIVA, we will be working as true partners, and the output will be of excellent quality that I can put into action.”
Moira Kenney, Executive Director, First 5 Association of California
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with VIVA Strategy + Communications on many projects over the past ten years. When my agency was in need of both a communication plan and an updated, redesigned website, they were the first organization I turned to. As always, working with VIVA was a wonderfully collaborative and creative process. They took a deep dive into our agency and goals and integrated that with their knowledge and research of the community and the context of our work. Both end-products perfectly met our needs.”
Executive Director, 4Cs of San Mateo County
“I have worked with VIVA on a variety of projects over the past five years including policy development, coalition building, facilitation, and organizational development. Christina and her team are consistently deeply informed, impeccably prepared, professional, and not only pleasant but fun. During facilitation, they excel at providing a strong backbone that pushes groups toward decision – with a gift for leadership in the service of the group.”
Program Officer, Heising-Simons Foundation
“VIVA is a foundational part of the successful development of a cohesive quality rating and improvement system in Los Angeles County. Over the past three years, the focused systems building approach resulted in a strong foundation for First 5 LA and its county partners to serve children 0-5 in quality early learning settings. The VIVA team is able to elevate and navigate the tough but strategic conversations in a facilitation style that supports group cohesion. In addition to VIVA being able to bring our early learning partners together for systems building, their communications team is able to artfully capture and communicate to critical audiences such as parents, providers, and decision-makers.”
Becca Patton, ECE Director, First 5 Los Angeles
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with VIVA on two separate projects and have been impressed both times. The team is extraordinarily thoughtful, digs into the details but knows how to communicate to a broad audience and offers clear choices and options when needed. They do not shy away from elevating tough conversations and will be the one to find a pathway out. In addition, the VIVA team is fun and collaborative, making sometimes difficult work easier and rewarding – as it should be!”
Managing Director, Children Now
“Working with VIVA was refreshing and very different than typical strategic planning efforts. Their energy and sense of fun served to engage our contributors, and yet the process was highly focused and effective.”
Director, San Mateo County Human Services Agency
“The best part of VIVA is, without a doubt, the people – their energy, ideas, and talent. I have worked with VIVA on projects both big and small, and our interactions always leave me with a renewed sense of excitement and possibilities, which comes from the VIVA team, and what they do for their clients, the project, and the process. In my opinion, VIVA is the strongest thought partner you’ll ever work with.”
Communications Officer, First 5 San Francisco
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