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Diana Rauner

The Ounce of Prevention Fund
Diana Mendley Rauner, Ph. D., learned early from her parents the importance of participating in the community. As a young adult, Diana spent time volunteering at a settlement house in New York to help teach ex-offenders to read. After witnessing the education inequities in our country first-hand, she realized this was an issue she wanted to focus on long term. Today, Diana serves as President of the Ounce of Prevention, a public-private partnership that provides and advocates for the highest-quality care and education for children in poverty from birth to age five.

The Ounce develops direct center-based and home-based programs and services to children and families, provides professional development tools and trainings, and champions effective public policies and funding. The Ounce is also the parent organization of the First Five Years Fund, an advocacy and communications effort focused on Washington, DC. In partnership with the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, the Ounce has built the Educare Learning Network, starting with one school on the south side of Chicago to a national network of 25 schools sharing and scaling best practices.

Prior to joining the Ounce, Diana was a Senior Research Associate at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago and an associate at private equity firms in San Francisco and Chicago. Diana holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Chicago, an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Yale University. She and her husband, Bruce, are the proud parents of six children and grandparents of Ella, aged one.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, October 16

2:30pm CDT