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Dian J. Harrison, M.S.W.

249 Inverness Court

Oakland, California 94605-5020
510-635-2883 (h)
Visionary nonprofit executive with over thirty years' experience managing dynami
c, multicultural organizations. Nationally recognized leadership in advancing so
cial and reproductive justice through innovative policy and programming. Outstan
ding record of developing, inspiring, and directing professional teams to reach
well-defined, strategic goals. Strong communication and coalition-building skill
s, with the energy, knowledge, and savvy to influence decision makers and funder
s in all sectors, from the community to the international level.

Strategic Leadership
* In 1995 as CEO, successfully led Planned Parenthood Association of San Mateo C
ounty through a merger with Planned Parenthood Marin/Sonoma/Mendocino and Planne
d Parenthood Alameda/San Francisco. Chosen as President and CEO of the newly for
med organization, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG).
* Built PPGG into one of the nation's largest affiliates, providing over 60,000
Bay Area residents with high-quality reproductive health care and services throu
gh eight health centers, multiple satellite clinics, and outreach education, pro
grams, and workshops.
* Defined PPGG's high-level strategy in the context of current health care trend
s and the needs of its constituency and recommends appropriate policy to the Boa
rd of Trustees. Inspired Board members, staff, clients, benefactors, and partner
s in the community through an inclusive, consensus-building leadership style, bo
th in and out of the public spotlight.
* Engaged in health care debates as a leading advocate for reproductive justice
and social equity in national and international forums. Brought forward PPGG as
a co-defendant with the national organization in the 2006 Supreme Court challeng
e to the federal abortion ban, Gonzalez v. Planned Parenthood.

* Stabilized and strengthened PPGG's systems through a multi-phase "reinvention"

project, designing a collaborative process that unified staff and the Board of
Trustees under the same vision. Positioned PPGG to win Planned Parenthood Federa
tion of America's Excellence Award in Media and Public Relations (2003) and its
Excellence Award in Clinical Service Expansion and Outreach (2005).
* As Executive Director from 1988 to 1990, directed the start-up of the Santa Cl
ara Valley Urban League, focusing on job training and employment; education; adv
ocacy and care for the elderly and children; housing and transportation; and ens
uring that the region's economic development included equal opportunity and pari
ty for African Americans and other ethnic minorities.
* As President and CEO from 1984 to 1987, increased the operating budget of the
Austin Area Urban League from $400,000 to $1.2 million.
Organizational Management and Program Development
* Directed all operations of PPGG and its 200 + staff, who are responsible for m
edical services, education, advocacy, administration, public affairs, and outrea
ch to six counties. Effectively enacts Board policies through innovative program
s that advance PPGG's mission and meet the needs of its diverse client base. Mon
itors the affiliate's relationship with Planned Parenthood Federation of America
and maintains Standards of Affiliation.
* Ensured that PPGG sustains the highest level of effectiveness, quality of serv
ice, and efficiency by successfully managing all internal organizational matters
. Formulates and implements human resources policies and practices consistent wi
th the PPGG's values and employment law.
* Skilled in establishing good tone, attitude, and standard of performance throu
ghout an organization consistent with its high-level mission. Solid experience i
n quantifying and measuring organizational performance and in mentoring outstand
ing staff and management teams. Excellence in program development and public-pol
icy making.
Financial Management and Fundraising
* Was accountable for the fiscal health of PPGG, overseeing and monitoring its $
24 million annual budget and identifying potential sources of public and private
* Had demonstrated experience with budgeting and financial management at the hig
hest organizational levels. As Assistant Director of Finance and Administration
for the City of San Jose Redevelopment Agency from 1990 to 1993, assisted in man
aging and directing the division's budget process, financial reporting, accounts
payable and receivable, loan programs, development agreement monitoring, and co
ntract management.
* Proven success in major capital and fundraising campaigns, donor relations, an
d in building financial support for nonprofit organizations in the broader commu
nity of corporations, foundations, and individual philanthropists.
Public Affairs and Community Leadership
* Acted as primary spokesperson in furthering PPGG's mission through media outre
ach, public forums, and conferences, proactive grassroots advocacy, and regularl
y scheduled lobbying in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento. Led Board of Trustees'
public affairs committee and electoral activities through the PPGG Action Fund.
* Built creative alliances and coalitions with other influential leaders in busi
ness, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to advance reproductive and
social equity. Launched PPGG's family planning initiative in Ethiopia, a global
partnership that has dramatically improved village life in a country with one o
f the world's worst reproductive health records.
* Highly skilled in all aspects of public affairs and media relations. In 1982,
was first woman to be named Vice President for University Relations at Fisk Univ
ersity in Nashville, Tennessee. Advised a national public relations firm in the
development of a National University advertising program.
Board Relations
* Proven track record of working skillfully with Board officers and members to p
rovide the leadership, information, and support necessary to advance the mission
and governance of nonprofit organizations.
1996 to 2010 President and Chief Executive Officer, Planned Parenthood Golden Ga
te, San Francisco, CA
1993 to 1996 Chief Executive Officer, Planned Parenthood Association of San Mate
o County, San Mateo, California
1990 to 1993 Assistant Director of Finance and Administration, Redevelopment Age
ncy, City of San Jose, San Jose, California
1988 to 1990 Executive Director, Santa Clara Valley Urban League, San Jose, Cali
1984 to 1987 President and Chief Executive Officer, Austin Area Urban League, In
c. Austin, Texas
1985 to 1987 Host of "Interact," KVUE-TV (ABC Affiliate), Austin, Texas
Hosted weekly public affairs program; identified and researched issues of inter
est to the Austin community.
1982 to 1984 Vice President for University Relations, Fisk University, Nashville
, Tennessee
Developed and coordinated the University's public and media relations program, a
lumni and governmental affairs, and institutional advancement and fundraising.
1981 to 1982 Program Administrator, Meharry Medical College-Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, Nashville Tennessee
Coordinated "The Program to Consolidate Health Services for High-Risk Youth"; p
rovided necessary technical assistance to twenty satellite projects.
1976 to 1981 Director, Community Affairs, and Director, Teen Clinics, Planned Pa
renthood Association of Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee
Planned, coordinated, and administered education programs and comprehensive hea
lth clinics for teens at risk for unplanned pregnancies. Served as a registered
lobbyist for the 92nd General Assembly in Tennessee.

M.S.W. in Social Work Planning and Administration, Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, Michigan. Recipient of the first Whitney M. Young, Jr., Award for Out
standing Graduate Student and the National Association of Social Workers Communi
ty Service Award.
B.A. in Sociology, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Califo

Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum; Leadership California, Leadership Texa
s, Leadership Austin, Leadership Nashville
Treasurer, Affiliate Chief Executives Council; Member, Affiliate Development and
Accreditation; Member, Affiliate Risk Management Services Board; Member, Cultur
al Diversity Steering Committee; Chair, Diversity Task Group and Diversity Plann
ing Team; Member and Former Chair, Metropolitan Executive Directors Council; Mem
ber, Reinvention Group; Member-at-Large, Steering Committee; Member, Task Force
on National Program Support/Mergers; Member, Western Region Nominating Committee
and Diversity Steering Committee
2008 Annual Award, Women of Color Action Network
Woman of the Year, 18th Assembly District of California
2008 Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) / Training Institute for
Leadership (TILE) Salute to Sisterhood Honoree
2007 - 2008 Listed in Honors Edition of Cambridge Who's Who - Empowering Executi
ves, Professionals & Entrepreneurs Around the Globe
2007 Circle of Courage Award, Women's Intercultural Network
Local Leader for Black History Month, KGO-TV (ABC Affiliate)
2006 Outstanding Local Hero for Women's History Month, KQED (PBS Affiliate)
2005 Bay Area's Most Influential Women in Business, San Francisco Business Times
Sabbatical Award, California Wellness Foundation
2003 Distinguished Service Award, Health Initiatives for Youth
1998 Agency Professional Volunteer Award, Bay Area United Way
1997 Outstanding Leadership and Service Award, Black Women Organized for Politic
al Action
1996 Women of Color Inspiration Award, National Women's Political Caucus, Wester
n Region
Woman of the Year, National Women's Political Caucus of San Mateo County

American Management Association, American Public Health Association, Association
of Black Social Workers, National Abortion Federation, National Forum of Black
Public Administrators, San Francisco Black Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Ch
amber of Commerce
Appointed to the State Board of Registered Nursing by Assembly Speaker Karen Ba
ss in October 2008; Former Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU);
Board Member, Black Coalition on AIDS; Member, Black Women Organized for Politic
al Action-Oakland; Board Member, California Board of Registered Nursing; Former
Board Member, California Family Health Council; Former Board Member, Calypte Bio
medical Corporation; Member, Commonwealth Club of San Francisco; Member, Delta S
igma Theta Sorority; Former Board Member, National Association for the Advanceme
nt of Colored People (NAACP); Former Board Member, National Abortion Federation;
Former Board Member, National Sexuality Resource Center; Board Member, Oakland
East Bay Symphony; Former Advisory Committee Member, Peninsula Partnership for C
hildren, Youth and Families; Member, Professional & Businesswomen's Connection;
Former Board Member, Red Rock Foundation; Member, San Francisco Jazz Society; Fo
rmer Community Advisory Board Member, Sequoia Hospital; Member, Status on the Co
mmission for Women-San Francisco; Former Board Member, The United Way; Former Bo
ard Member, West Bay Housing; Former Board Chair, Women's Intercultural Network;
Member, Women's International Network; Member, Women's Political Caucus