Diane Samuels

Human Resources Director

Diane Samuels is the foundation’s director for human resources, serving as the point of contact to staff in the New York office. Her areas of responsibility include staffing, employee relations, management coaching and advising, performance management support, staff development, compensation, and benefits design and application.

Before joining the foundation, Diane was managing director of operations for New York’s Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, leading its human resources, information technology, and facilities functions. While there Diane led several strategic projects, including the design and implementation of a performance management program, a restructuring of the recruitment process, the development of a staffing plan for organizational growth, a staff retention strategy, and the implementation of new technology across the organization. Previously, she worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, where for more than a decade she held positions in human resources that encompassed managing recruitment, employee relations, coaching and professional development plans, compensation, and HR policies. While at Rockefeller, Diane established the strategic framework for the organization’s first global diversity and inclusion program.

Diane earned her master’s degree in human resources management from the New School and a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College.

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