Prior to joining Cornell Tech, Diane was the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Belkin, the global consumer electronics organization. She managed Belkin’s philanthropy, community engagement, employee volunteerism and events, and government relations and was philanthropic and public policy advisor to Chairman and CEO Chet Pipkin. She helped develop Belkin Education, products designed to maximize the learning opportunities technology offers, and was deeply engaged in supporting the growth of high achieving charter and traditional public schools for low income students in Los Angeles, including several STEM schools. Prior to that, Diane worked for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District managing philanthropic and public funding. As a consultant, Diane has worked for the California Endowment and the California Wellness, Ewing Marion Kauffman, James Irvine, and Stuart Foundations.

Diane received a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College, and a Bachelor of Science in Women’s Studies and Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University.