Diana has been helping organizations with their development and fundraising needs since 2011. Recent projects include her position as Development Director for The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center where she led their capital campaign initiative to convert a shuttered firehouse in Brooklyn into a community and cultural center. Diana raised significant funds for construction, galvanized robust community support, rebranded and built brand recognition, expanded the board, produced some off the hook events and recruited Vice media as a programming partner.
Prior to that, Diana spearheaded the Brooklyn’s PS84 Greenhouse Rooftop Hydroponic Classroom project. Through public and private funding, she helped raise $2million for its’ completion in 2016. Since then PS84’s K-8 students have been using hydroponic farming technology to learn science and sustainability in the unique urban classroom, the first of its kind built on a Brooklyn elementary school.
Other clients that she enjoys working with include The Melting Pot Foundation's Brownsville Community Culinary Center, New York Sun Works and Bed-Sty Campaign Against Hunger. With these clients she provides a multitude of services which includes; managing special projects, advising on best practices, developing short and long term fundraising strategies, designing marketing materials, helping with brand development, curating memorable events, expanding their networks, working on with board development, cultivating donor relations, securing government funding through city and state elected officials as well as acquiring significant donations from private individuals, businesses and corporations.
Diana’s social work roots led to her working for over 20 years as a psychotherapist, and her entrepreneurial leanings led to expanding her work as a business coach.
Diana received a BFA from Syracuse University and holds a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University.
Diana is a member of the board of directors of North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. She is proud to be an active community resident of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband, a commercial photographer and tween son who shares her passion for a good dance party.
Diana believes in going for big goals and never giving up. She believes in the power of collaboration. She believes the more you put yourself out in the world and connect with others, the more amazing things start to happen. She believes that you can generate serendipity and luck. She believes that challenges are opportunities for growth. She believes that every great journey does start with a single step.