Diane Samuels

Vice President for Talent & Human Resources at Ford Foundation

Diane Samuels

Diane Samuels

Vice President for Talent & Human Resources at Ford Foundation

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Diane Samuels is vice president for talent and human resources, guiding the foundation’s HR strategy and talent management worldwide. Previously, as human resources director, she served as the point of contact to staff in the New York office, with responsibilities that included 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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The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society. We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies. Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.

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