Dianne Yamashiro-Omi

Vice Chair

Dianne Yamashiro-Omi has served in the field of philanthropy and non-profit administration for over 30 years as a Program Officer and consultant for private and corporate foundations, and Executive Director of community-based social service organizations in the Bay Area.  She was formerly the part-time Director of Funding Partnerships at Independent Television Services (ITVS), a non-profit funder and producer of social issue documentary films (Independent Lens), Point of View (POV) and Frontline.  In addition, Dianne is serving as an Executive Coach and consultant to Insight Center, a non-profit advocacy/research entity base in Oakland.  She also an appointee to the California Commission on Asian Pacific islander Affairs and a member of the Leadership Council for LeaderSpring.  

From 2000-2012, Dianne was the Program Manager for Equity and Diversity at the California Endowment overseeing the foundation’s first diversity audit and publication of the Foundation Diversity Toolkit.  She also instituted the foundation’s Racial Justice Institute, a series of trainings on structural racialization in partnership with Professor john powell of UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Lori Villarosa of Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity.  Prior work focused on building the field of cultural competency and language access in health systems and diversity in the healthcare workforce.

Ms. Yamashiro-Omi is the recipient of the 2008 National Fundraising Executive’s Outstanding Philanthropy Professional, a founding member of Asian Pacific islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), former Board member of Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrant and Refugees (GCIR), the Northern California Grantmakers,  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partners Initiative, and member of the Council on Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity.

Prior to joining The Endowment, she served as a foundation consultant with a number of organizations including the Levi Strauss Foundation, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, the Asian Community Fund and the San Francisco Foundation.

Yamashiro-Omi also served as a program officer with the Koret Foundation and the Gap Foundation. In addition, she served as executive director, Board member and volunteer for a number of non-profits in the Bay Area which included Asian Health Services, Kimochi Inc., Asian Law Caucus, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Korean Community Center of the East Bay, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates, Asian Women’s Shelter and others.

Yamashiro-Omi holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from U.C. Berkeley and a teaching credential from the University of San Francisco.  She resides in Alameda, California with her husband, Professor Michael Omi and son, Evan.