Dianne Yamashiro-Omi joined The California Endowment as a program officer in 2000.
She currently serves as the Foundation's Program Manager for Equity and Diversity.
, who has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, was previously a senior program officer for the foundation's Culturally Competent Health Systems and Diversifying the Healthcare Workforce program during which she
oversaw the program's grant-making activities and worked closely with the program's director, Ignatius Bau, to help advance The Endowment's
goal and overall mission.
Prior to that, Yamashiro-Omi was senior program officer for The Endowment's Greater Bay Area regional office located in San Francisco, where she oversaw all administrative and grant-making activities for that region.
In addition, she served as the staff lead for the foundation's investments in community-based "focus funds" - a $10miilion investment in community based ethnic, gender, sexual orientation funds as strategic partners in meeting the health needs of underserved populations.
also led the foundation's early efforts to define a Leadership strategy which acknowledged the need for "Boundary Crossing Leaders" as 21st century leaders who were adept at crossing the boundaries of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.
In 2008, with Mr. Bau, Yamashiro-Omi
completed the first California Endowment diversity audit and publication of the Foundation Diversity Tool-Kit, a compilation of local and national foundation diversity policies and practices.
is a recipient of the 2008 National Fundraising Executive's Outstanding Philanthropy Professional Award and a member of California's Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs
Prior to joining The Endowment, she served as a foundation consultant with a number of organizations including the Levi Strauss Foundation, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, the Asian Pacific American Community Fund and the San Francisco Foundation.
Yamashiro-Omi also served as a program officer with the Koret Foundation and the Gap Foundation.
In addition, she served as executive director, Board member and volunteer for a number of non-profits in the Bay Area.
Yamashiro-Omi holds a bachelor's degree in Social Science from U.C. Berkeley and a teaching credential from the University of San Francisco.