Diana Salas

Diana Salas

Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs

Diana.salas@latinainstitute.org

Diana Y Salas serves as the Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs. She has nearly 15 years of experience as an organizer, advocate, researcher and manager.  She was born in Ecuador and raised in NYC, and works to be in service of movements that center strong grassroots leadership of women of color, particularly immigrants and Latinas. Most recently, Diana served as the co-director for Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE) where she helped provide strategic direction during the organizational transition period as well as co-created its organizing and leadership development model. As a facilitator, she trains leaders and volunteers, mainly immigrant Latinas, in civic and voter engagement, organizing, and leadership skills. She has taught in the Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Graduate Certificate Program at University of Massachusetts Boston, and for the Women’s Pipeline for Change.  In addition, Diana has managed several research and evaluation projects from design to implementation with multiple stakeholders ranging from women living with HIV/AIDS, undocumented people, midwives, stem cell transplant patients to social movement leaders, activists, and elected officials. As the former Associate Director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University (NYU), she learned the importance of research for action, employing participatory models in design and implementation of research projects. Her research for advocacy skills were honed in as a project manager at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, study director at the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest, researcher at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and Center for Social Policy, and as an evaluation consultant. Diana works and volunteers on several political campaigns including ballot initiatives, inclusive immigrant-related policies, and helping women of color and progressive local and state candidates get elected.  She has held multiple leadership roles throughout the years in local and national organizations that promote social justice organizing and advocacy. Most recently, she was the co-chair of the Board of Directors of United for a Fair Economy, board member of Access Strategies Fund, and former board member at New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) and Cidadão Global/Global Citizen. Diana is currently writing her dissertation and holds a Master in Science in Public Policy from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). She also holds a Master in Public Administration from Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, and a BA from Queens College.​

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