Associate Director of Foundation Relations
Developing, writing, and submitting letters of intent, proposals and reports. Researching foundation and government funding prospects. Working with faculty and staff to develop project concepts. Manages an active grants portfolio.
Under the direction of the Director of Foundation Relations and Sponsored Research, Dyan works to strategically plan and implement a comprehensive program for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation, government, and corporate funders for institutional priorities and major objectives of the College. She, along with the Director, work with a broad array of campus departments and programs. In addition, Dyan manages the College’s internal faculty grants program on behalf of the office of the Dean of Faculty and contributes to the maintenance of the office's grants management and reporting systems.
Dyan has worked in philanthropy, corporate management, nonprofit, and government sectors: as a program officer for both government and private foundations; as regional engagement manager for a conservation organization with a portfolio of 100 natural and historic properties; and as a market research analyst for an international electronics firm. For more than a decade she taught, consulted, and conducted research with the Arts Extension Service at UMass, which involved working with dozens of cultural nonprofits across the country at the local, regional and national levels. Her teaching included all aspects of non-profit management including board development and financial management; program planning and evaluation; and community partnership development with a focus on the intersection of arts and social change. Her career began at CBS News working for national radio and TV programs including 60 Minutes. Dyan is a founding member of the Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community in Amherst, an intentional community that is among over 150 such self-designed and self-governed communities across North America.