Diana Spencer

Executive Director
William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
Chicago,IL

Diana Spencer has served as Executive Director of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund since May 2006. As its first full-time Executive Director, Spencer launched a PBS documentary entitled Long Distance Warrior, which highlighted former CEO of MCI William McGowan and the battle with AT&T over a monopolized telecommunications industry. The film debuted in 2010 at the National Archives and was distributed via PBS stations across the country.

During her tenure, Spencer has helped the Board launch of the McGowan Fellows Program, a full scholarship program for ten second-year MBA candidates at leading universities. With her team and university partners, the McGowan Fund holds an annual Symposium on Business Leadership & Ethics, with the overarching goal of raising the dialogue from corporate profitability only, to profitability, social impact, and responsibility.

In 2013, Spencer helped create a program to prevent early childhood obesity. Healthy Way to Grow, delivered by the American Heart Association, works with childcare providers and families to improve nutrition, hydration, screen time, and exercise. It is the first program launched simultaneously across all McGowan Fund communities.

Prior to her role at the McGowan Charitable Fund, Spencer served as the Director of External Relations at the University of Pittsburgh (2001-2006), where she educated the public and government about therapies in regenerative medicine. From 1986 to 2001, Ms. Spencer worked in Sales and New Business Development for RR Donnelly & Sons.