Diane O’Reggio, a dynamic and experienced champion and administrator of progressive organizations, has been appointed Executive Director of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).

Ms. O’Reggio holds degrees in economics and public administration from the University of Western Ontario and Ryerson University and holds a certificate in Strategic Management for Leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government executive education program.  She served as President and CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (Canada), and as the Provincial Secretary (Executive Director) of the Ontario New Democratic Party.

For more than 15 years she has managed organizations and developed expertise in operations, finances, human resources, strategic management, developing financial plans and fundraising among major donors, corporate and union supporters. She has hands-on experience working collaboratively with boards of directors, staff, volunteers, stakeholders and partners.

As well, Ms. O’Reggio has actively supported LEAF for many years and been involved with international human rights and development issues, including equity and inclusive education, and advancing gender equality.

“Bringing a feminist analysis to an issue means fully embracing the expertise, experience and diverse perspectives and voices women offer to political, cultural, economic, social or legal challenges faced by women locally, nationally or globally,” Ms. O’Reggio says. “LEAF’s record in challenging inequities facing Canadian girls and women by taking legal action under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a long and successful one, and I’m proud to be part of it.”

You can contact Diane at 416-595-7170, ext. 225 or [email protected].