Founder of Nuestra America Fund (NAF)
Diana is the Founder of Nuestra America Fund (NAF), an initiative focused on documenting Latino leadership and best practices in philanthropy. NAF also supports individual and institutional donors that have an interest in strengthening Latino influence in US policy towards their countries of origin.
Prior to NAF, Diana served as President of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) for nearly 27 years. At HIP, she grew a small network of funders, from a volunteer group of advocates into a transnational philanthropic network. HIP, under her leadership, invested over $40 million in small Latino nonprofits and leaders.
Under Diana’s tenure, HIP was recognized with the Kellogg Foundation’s National Leadership in Action Award in 2007 and received the prestigious Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking in 2008 for its groundbreaking Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities.
Her book of essays, Nuevos Senderos: Hispanics and Philanthropy, published by Arte Publico Press in 1999, remains one of the few anthologies to portray Latinos as givers and leaders in philanthropy. Her editorials focusing on policy issues have been published by the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and others.
Diana has served as a trustee of the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, the Inter University Project for Latino Research, BRAVA for Women in the Arts and Horizons Foundation, and Planned Parenthood for the Western Hemisphere. She has been listed as one of the 100 most influential Latinos by Latino Leaders Magazine, who also awarded her their prestigious Maestro Award for Philanthropy. She’s also received honors from the New America Alliance, The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Economic Development Corporation, the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA), and Procura in Mexico. She received a BA from the University of Florida and an MA from the University of Miami.