Vivian Altman ’77

Vivian Altman is an investment banker in public finance. She is a Managing Director and Head of Public Finance at Janney, where she is responsible for overseeing the firm’s banking and strategic planning, and coordinating execution with underwriting and sales.

She is one of two women on Wall Street that run public finance departments. Her background includes ownership of her own financial advisory firm, serving clients including state and local governments and authorities. Nominated by Governor Whitman, Vivian served on the Board of the NJ Educational Facilities Authority from 1993-2010, which she chaired for the final 10 years. She also was a member of the NJ Transportation Trust Fund Authority and is Co-President of Northeast
Women in Public Finance and was named a “Trailblazing Woman in Public Finance” by The Bond Buyer in 2011.

Vivian earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College.

“Hunter was the most important and seminal time in my life. The diversity of the student body was enormously significant to me, forming an openness and acceptance as an adult based on my experiences with my classmates. Spending my adolescence in an environment with amazingly smart girls provided me in each classroom with role models and mentors. I am who I am is a result of my five years at Hunter.“

Vivian is Chair of the Audit, Investment, and Ad Hoc 3-Year Planning Committees. She also serves on the board’s Diversity and Finance Committees.