Diana Cohn has worked for over two decades on environmental, economic, and global justice issues as a teacher, media activist, and as a senior program officer and executive director for philanthropic grantmaking foundations. Her current work as Executive Director of the Panta Rhea Foundation has included oversight for the foundation’s Water Governance, Environmental Justice, and Corporate Accountability programs. Her expertise as an educator led to the creation of the foundation’s Social Imagination, Arts and Education program that provides grants for professional development support for teachers and deeper learning opportunities for students. She is a member of the Bay Area Arts Education Funders Group, Grantmakers for Education, and Grantmakers in the Arts.
Diana holds a BA in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic and a MA in Educational Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also an award-winning children’s book author. Her books include, Dream Carver, Si Se Puede! Yes We Can! Janitor Strike in LA, Mr. Goethe’s Garden, The Bee Tree, Namaste!, Roses for Isabella, and her most recent book, Crane Boy. She currently serves on the boards of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Food Craft Institute in Oakland.