Diana Perdomo

Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs
Areas of Expertise Social Movements, State & Municipal Policy, Urban Policies & Politics


Diana Perdomo was named College Unbound’s inaugural Vice President of Institutional and Student Sustainability in April 2023. In this newly created position on CU’s leadership team, she is responsible for facilitating the strategic alignment of student, institutional, and community priorities, ensuring the College functions in a manner that is authentic to the equity imperative that drives College Unbound’s student success work. As the College’s Chief Financial Officer, she is responsible for overseeing and advancing the development, implementation, and maintenance of the necessary organizational and financial infrastructure of the College as well as programmatic initiatives that promote student success, to support a thriving community and institution with national impact.

From 2019-2023 and throughout Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s entire second term, Diana served as Chief of Policy and the Executive Director of Recovery. She was responsible for leading strategic direction and policy development for the City, including overseeing the American Rescue Plan Recovery Office, Policy, Healthy Communities Office, Office of Economic Opportunity, Workforce Solutions divisions, and Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. Within this role, Diana supported the Mayor in leading the City of Providence through a major education crisis, a global pandemic, and one of the most concerted social justice movements in US history.

Prior to joining the administration, Diana was the Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives in Community Investment at United Way of Rhode Island where she led a team of content experts in granting over $4 million per year and providing professional development and technical assistance opportunities to local nonprofit agencies. Diana also worked in the Office of Global Engagement (OGE), a division of the Provost's Office at Brown University, to advance international and transnational efforts in the areas of research, teaching, and service. She also served in communications, program, and development roles for a number of non-profit organizations such as Girl Scouts of the USA, The Mentoring Partnership of New York, and Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, and spent time as a teacher and administrator in southern Thailand. She was also named one of Providence Business News’ “40 under 40” in Rhode Island.

Diana holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Affairs from Brown University. She is a first generation Latinx American, speaks Spanish, enjoys travel, food, and being a mom. A native of Los Angeles, Diana married a Rhode Islander and has spent the last 13 years in the state.


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