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Diana Noriega

Diana Noriega has over 15 years of professional social justice and youth development programming experience. She currently serves as the founding Assistant Executive Director of Anti-Racism and Equity at Good Shepherd Services NYC. In this role she oversees all of the agency’s internal anti-racism efforts including creating more equitable hiring and promotion policies and practices as well as overseeing the agency’s equity council. She additionally participates in external justice related coalition efforts including the New York City School Diversity Advisory Group which recently made a series of integration recommendations for the New York City public school system. Previously, she served as the Chief Program Officer for the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF) where she oversaw all programs and educational equity policy efforts across the early learn and K-12 sector. She has presented public testimony advocating for the rights of students and early child care providers in New York City.

Prior to CHCF, she served as the founding Director of the Education Initiative at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. Over her three and a half years there, she helped to create a robust education program for the agency that included developing academic focused SMART goals and providing supplemental education programming for mentees. She created support tools for mentors and families around academic coaching strategies as well as educational engagement. She oversaw two hybrid mentoring programs that provided out-of-school time programming to support the academic achievement of over 100 youth. She has worked in higher education and directly with youth at various nonprofit organizations including Teachers College, Columbia University, exalt youth, and New Settlement Apartments – Girls Programs.

Diana is a Wheaton College Posse Foundation graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Popular Culture. She also has an interdisciplinary master's degree in Multicultural Education from New York University. Her thesis focused on adolescent girls of color in NYC and effective OST programming strategies to engage them. She has moderated discussions, and, created and facilitated leadership and empowerment workshops that explore the intersections of social issues. She is also a life coach and Posse Plus retreat facilitator. Ms. Noriega is also the owner of The LEAF Way. She consults organizations on the development of their social justice and equity programming and platforms as well as leads empowerment workshops. Diana is passionate about social justice and empowerment work; she believes that the most transformative work happens at the intersections and aims to support the empowerment of youth, individuals and communities. She considers herself a lifelong learner and always seeks learning opportunities to enhance her abilities to meaningfully empower communities.