Diane D'Costa

Partnerships Lead

As a Partnerships Lead at IDEO.org, Diane works to design a more just and inclusive world. Her work involves building relationships across designers, partners, and community members to co-create programs, products, and services that can create systemic change for communities across the U.S.

Prior to joining IDEO.org, Diane served as a classroom educator in Washington, D.C. and Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has taught at the high school and middle school levels, and has a passion for youth leadership and organizing. Diane also worked in local government and policy, most recently as the Director of Advocacy and Community Partnerships at the Prince George’s County Council. In this role she collaborated with community members and elected officials to design and implement programs to improve the quality of life of constituents including free community college, transitional housing and workforce development programs for returning citizens, and youth engagement programs for young people to advise elected officials on legislation.

Diane is an artist and community organizer working across disciplines for healing, liberation, and social justice. She graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Leadership & Public Policy and Youth & Social Innovation.

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