Raised in the Inland Empire, Diana is an urban planner molded by her community’s dedication to confront environmental racism and create built environments that serve the needs of families. Diana earned her Bachelor’s degree in Policy, Planning and Development from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, leading her to work for the Mayor’s Office, Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson, the LA City Planning Department and Brilliant Corners, a supportive housing nonprofit. Dedicated to dismantling barriers to opportunity across racial and economic lines, she has managed the entitlement process for 50+ housing and commercial developments, led grant writing campaigns that garnered 10M+ in funding for affordable housing, and collaborated with LA County to increase food security during COVID-19 for seniors living in supportive housing by establishing a partnership with local grocers.
Diana joins the T.R.U.S.T South LA team in 2021 as the Community Land Trust Project Manager where she supports the Community Mosaic Project implementation and participates in anti-displacement strategies alongside residents and partners.
Diana is rooted by the advocacy of immigrant women who shaped her world, namely her organizer mom, and the perseverance of the Black and Latinx neighborhoods that boldly create more livable cities. Diana is based in Lincoln Heights, enjoys wandering local parks with her dog Julio aka “J.J.”, listening to her neighbors blast oldies, and spending time with her family.