Diana, a Brooklyn community leader for twenty years, is passionate working with projects, causes and organizations that make difference. She has led community projects, galvanized people around causes, produced memorable events, secured funding for capital campaigns and non-profits, advocated for public school education for all, and for local environmental solutions, and supported the local business community.
She has been a Development Consultant for the past decade, producing events, leading projects, creating strategies for growth, and securing sponsorships and donations from individuals, corporations and elected officials. In this role she provides a multitude of services which includes; managing special projects, advising on best practices, developing short and long term development and fundraising strategies, doing PR and brand development, curating memorable events, expanding their networks, working on board development, cultivating donor relations, securing government funding through city and state elected officials as well as acquiring significant donations and sponsors.
Recent clients include Campaign Against Hunger, Brownsville Community Cultural Center, New York Sun Works and Streb Inc.
She spearheaded Williamsburg’s PS84 Rooftop Hydroponic Greenhouse Classroom project, raising $2 million in public and private funding for the first of its kind in Brooklyn. Since its’ completion in 2016, hundreds of students have used the hydroponic technology for hands-on learning about urban farming and sustainability.
As Director of Development of The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center, for two years Diana spearheaded the Capital Campaign for construction, raising $500k in private funding, energized the community around the mission, expanded their donor and sponsor base and produced many cool events.
Since 2018 Diana has worked with Alive Structures, helping advance their mission of building green roof meadows and corridors. She has further introduced building owners, developers, elected officials and the public to this green technology as the urban solution to climate change.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Diana continues to maintain a private psychotherapy practice for 25 years where she enjoys helping individuals, families and groups. Her entrepreneurial leanings led to expanding her work as a business coach.
Diana received her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University School of Social Service in 1995.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1985. She worked as an illustrator for the first decade of her professional life.
Diana sits on 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.