Diane Manuel Board Member

Diane Manuel

Diane’s commitment to advocacy began at an early age. Her very first job as a teenager was at the Watts-Willowbrook Boys’ & GIrls’ Club. While working at the Club, located in a deeply marginalized community in Los Angeles, she experienced firsthand how committed adults can support and expand the lives of children living in underserved communities by listening to their needs, making connections, expanding their horizons.

Working in a variety of industries, Diane has had opportunities to travel the country and support communities focused on expanding educational opportunities, eliminating pay inequity, and creating healthy communities.

Currently, she serves as Board Chair of the Women’s Foundation of California. This is in addition to various other philanthropic activities, such as serving as a member of the Carter Center Philanthropy Council, previous member of the USC Board of Governors, and other activities focused on supporting Women and African American Communities.

After many years working in philanthropy, Diane currently works in financial services. On her journey to build a greater understanding of the financial world for women and people of color, Diane has authored multiple articles published in Investopedia, MarketWatch, and Financial Planning Magazine focused on finance, women, and philanthropy.

Diane received her B.S. from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate University.