DiAnne Owen Graham is President of Graham Advisors, LLC, a full-service consulting firm specializing in advising and fundraising for political and issue advocacy organizations. The firm’s clients have included the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Freedom PAC, Americans for Real Change, Reform New Mexico Now, Susana Martinez for Governor, New Mexico Competes, Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Diplomatic Courier.
Prior to founding the company, Mrs. Graham directed, from its inception in 2009, the RGA’s Executive Roundtable program, a major donor program of CEO/executive-level contributors. During her three-year tenure, the program raised over $50 million which led to record-breaking fundraising for the organization totaling over $170 million, and the number of Republican governors increased from 22 to 30.
Mrs. Graham served as a political appointee for three years in President George W. Bush’s administration in Washington, DC. She held top secret clearance throughout her various roles with the U.S. Department of State. As Senior Outreach Protocol Officer, she advised Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, the Chief of Protocol, on strategic planning, policy sensitive issues and key protocol practices. She led the first series of the “Experience America” trips for the Diplomatic Corps and executed official functions and programs hosted by the Secretary of State, the Chief of Protocol and other high-level Department officials.
She was the Chief of Staff to Dina Habib Powell, the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and acted as the liaison to the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs led by Ambassador Karen Hughes. Additionally, Mrs. Graham was the Director of International Initiatives in ECA. Through her role as the primary Department of State member of an interagency team, she earned the prestigious Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service.
Prior to her government service, Mrs. Graham was the Director of Scheduling for Governor Haley Barbour beginning in 2001 in Washington, DC when he served as Chairman and CEO of Barbour Griffith and Rogers, in Mississippi throughout his gubernatorial campaign in 2003 and in his elected position of Governor of the State of Mississippi in 2004.
Following her tenure with Governor Haley Barbour, she directed the International Program at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. At the conclusion of the Convention, she began her role of Chief of Staff to Lisa Gable, the U.S. Ambassador to the 2005 World’s Fair in Nagoya, Japan.
Mrs. Graham is a native of New Albany, Mississippi. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at The University of Mississippi in 2001. The Ole Miss Alumni Association selected Mrs. Graham to join the 2006-2007 Board of Directors as the youngest member of the Board. She also served as the President and Chairman of the Mississippi Society of Washington, DC.
Mrs. Graham lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Chris, and their son, Owen.