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Ms. Diane Lebson, CFRE

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Diane Lebson is a 25-year veteran of the nonprofit sector. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and specialist in fundraising, relationship building, governance, and strategic planning, she has worked with organizations focused on issues from international development to domestic community building.

Diane formerly was national Director of Women in Philanthropy for the American Red Cross and national Director of Strategic Markets for United Way: collectively, both organizations engaged over 70,000 women in their philanthropic efforts and raised over $1.5 billion since their inception.

As Chief of Protocol for the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, Diane coordinated outreach efforts by the U.S. Ambassador to Australia and other officers of the mission, solicited the support from U.S. corporations for trade promotion initiatives, and advised Embassy personnel on diplomatic etiquette and ceremony.

Diane’s other executive experience includes senior roles with SOS Children’s Villages and the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation. She has served on the boards of the DC Public Library Foundation, the Junior League of Washington, and the Tahirih Justice Center, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Camden, Maine. A sought-after speaker and board facilitator, Diane's book, The Do-Gooder's Guide to Creating the World You Want, will be published by SheWritesPress in 2021.