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Diane Burnham

Diane Burnham

Executive Director

Diane Burnham began her career in nonprofit through the Public Allies program in Milwaukee, WI. She continued her career in Milwaukee working with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee as a Program Director with at-risk youth, coordinating events and membership at the Urban Ecology Center, and serving on several city-wide initiatives. In 2006, Diane moved to Chicago and became a Program Manager for the Howard Area Community Center co-managing  a high volume workforce center. Since her time in Chicago, Diane was a Nominee for the Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award in Chicago, graduated with Distinction with a Master of Management in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University and completed the 2-year Leadership Institute program of the Executive Service Corps Chicago. In November 2013, Diane began her new journey working at South East Chicago Commission (SECC), as the Program Manager of Community Development. In October 2016, she took on a new role within the SECC as the Senior Program Manager, Community and Economic Development, focusing her efforts on community based initiatives, such as arts/culture, sustainability and the SECC's Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC).  

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