Diana Aviv is Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization and third largest U.S. charity according to Forbes. Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 61,000 food pantries and meals programs. Together, the Feeding America network provides more than 3.6 billion meals to more than 46 million people across the United States supports programs that improve food security and stability for the families we serve.
Previously, she served as President and CEO of Independent Sector, the national leadership network for America’s nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs. By representing tens of thousands of organizations across the country, Independent Sector advances the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the charitable community.
Diana also served as executive director of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector which recommended actions to strengthen the governance, transparency, and accountability of public charities and private foundations, many of which were enacted into law. The Panel also issued the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations. More than 250,000 have been distributed to members of the nonprofit community.
Diana came to Independent Sector in 2003 after spending nine years at the Jewish Federations of North America as their vice president for public policy and director of its Washington Action Office. She was formerly associate executive vice chair at the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, director of programs for the National Council of Jewish Women, and director of a comprehensive program to serve battered women and their families.
In December 2010, President Obama appointed Diana to the White House Council for Community Solutions that mobilizes citizens, nonprofits, businesses, and government to solve community needs. A founding board member of the Outcomes and Effective Practices Portal, Diana serves on the board of governors of the Partnership for Public Service. as well as on the board of directors for the Southern Africa Legal Services Foundation. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Comptroller General’s at the Government Accountability Office, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and the Centers on the Public Service of George Mason University.
Diana is a frequent speaker on trends in and key issues for the sector. She has testified before Congress and has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC.com. She has been listed by The Non-Profit Times among the Power & Influence Top 50 for 2015 and for 12 previous years.
A native of South Africa, Diana graduated with a B.S.W. from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and received a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University.