“Coming to TGP is the perfect fit, as it combines my passion for health equity and education with collegiate athlete mentorship and organization. I’m incredibly honored and excited to help take TGP to the next level of sustainable growth as it continues to expand its impact, outreach and footprint.”
Diana received her bachelors in Journalism from the University of Central Florida and her masters in Higher Education from Florida State University.
What made you most excited to join The Grassroot Project?
When I first heard of TGP’s mission I was blown away. Their novel approach to helping mobilize college athletes as health educators for middle-school students within marginalized communities is remarkable. As a former student athlete, I love the idea of joining a team where my teammates all share the same passion, vision, and values in helping to create a positive effect on today’s youth.
I’m also super stoked about helping grow TGP within the DC community and beyond. Working with super smart, talented, passionate individuals is my fuel and I’m really excited to share their powerful stories of impact.
Where are you originally from?
Born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida but have lived in the DC area for 24 years now.
What are some of your favorite things about Fort Myers?
Sunsets, the beach, and my parents (they still live there).
You’ve competed in several bodybuilding competitions. What drew you to get involved in bodybuilding?
I am an unapologetic gym rat (or meathead, depending upon who you ask). I get my inspiration from my father, who was a physician and professional bodybuilder when I was growing up. He is my hero and I’m so glad to be able to share this hobby with him. I love to train with him any chance I can get!
Are there any parallels between bodybuilding and nonprofit fundraising?
Absolutely! Both incorporate deadlines, a plan for execution, KPIs, and an end goal. With bodybuilding, you set forth your necessary timeline for contest prep (bodybuilding show), you come up with your meal plan and workout routines, you take measurements to assess your progress, and you step on stage for show time. With fundraising, you identify your fundraising timelines, come up with a multichannel fundraising plan, measure and analyze results, and meet/exceed your budgeted goal. So yes, they are similar. Who knew?
What do you love most about working with nonprofits?
I love working with people who are truly passionate about making the world a better place. Egos aside, they unequivocally want to make a difference in the communities they serve.