Diane Quest is theinterim president and CEO at Points of Light and has served as an executiveleader with the organization since 2016. She most recently served as ChiefOperating Officer.
An accomplishednonprofit executive, she brings 20 years of experience in management, strategy,and external affairs, including marketing and communications, event productionand experience, and partnerships. In her tenure at Points of Light, she has servedin a variety of roles as a member of the executive leadership team responsiblefor enterprise strategy, and most recently she served as chief external affairsofficer, where she was responsible for brand strategy, the annual Points ofLight Conference, The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards and Celebration,and The Daily Point of Light Award.
Diane has anextensive background in strategic and crisis communications. In her previousrole at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership she successfully led arebranding effort, a strategy that resulted in increased visibility in earnedmedia and social media, and the doubling of registration at the organization’sannual national conference. Prior to MENTOR, she was a consultant with CaminoPublic Relations, a boutique firm with a focus on social justice nonprofitclients.
She served at The PewCharitable Trusts as the communications manager for a jointly sponsoredadvocacy project with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to her work atPew, Diane was the national media director at the Planned Parenthood Federationof America. She managed the development and implementation of media relationscampaigns to advance the mission of the $1 billion reproductive health care andadvocacy organization.
In addition to hernonprofit work, Diane also has experience working within the federalgovernment. She was the media and legislative affairs liaison for the inspectorgeneral at the U.S. Department of State. Before entering the field ofcommunications and public relations, she was a television journalist. She has aMaster of Arts in political science from American University in Washington,D.C., and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.