Diana Aviv

Distinguished Visiting Practitioner and Visiting Fellow

Diana Aviv


  • B.S.W., University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • M.A., social work, Columbia University


Aviv, former chief executive officer of Feeding America and former president and CEO of Independent Sector, will serve as Distinguished Visiting Practitioner and Visiting Fellow at the school through mid-2018.

Previously, Aviv served as President and CEO of Independent Sector, the national leadership network for America’s nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs. She also served as executive director of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector. Prior, Aviv served as vice president for public policy and director of the Washington Action Office for the Jewish Federations of North America. 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.

Aviv 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.