Vivian J. Paige is has called Norfolk home for more than 30 years and is active in the community. Currently, she is the president of Vivian J. Paige, CPA, PC, an accounting firm she established in 1986. The firm services individual and business clients locally and around the United States. She also maintains a political blog, which carries her name, and is the source of information and commentary for local, state and federal issues. She is a frequent guest on local radio, television and various forum panels as a citizen’s voice on political and racial issues, and writes a weekly column for The Virginian-Pilot.
Ms. Paige is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she earned her both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She has maintained her ties to her alma mater by serving on the ODU Accounting Department Advisory Council and as an instructor of accounting, initially as an adjunct but as faculty since 2011. A certified public accountant licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, she maintains professional memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of CPAs, the American Association of University Women and the National Association for Female Executives.
Ms. Paige was a co-founder of Norfolk United Facing Race, a non-profit organization which deals with the issues of race, reconciliation and responsibility. She was a founding board member and former treasurer of the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement. She is also a member of the finance committee of the YWCA of Hampton Roads, the National Organization for Women, the League of Women Voters, and a silver lifetime member of the NAACP. She formerly served as a Circuit Court of Norfolk appointee on the Board of Review for Real Estate Assessments and as a member and president of the board of St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. She has been recognized in numerous publications including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, and 2000 Notable American Women.
Raised in the Phoebus section of Hampton, Virginia, Ms. Paige is the seventh of nine children. Her father, the now deceased Rev. C. Thomas Paige, was a fourth-generation native of the area and last served as associate pastor at Zion Baptist Church, the family’s home church. Her mother, Elizabeth M. Paige, a homemaker, is still going strong at 92.