Diane Powell – CEO/Chair
Diane is a founding member of a women’s philanthropy group, formed by Population Services International, Inc. in partnership with the Gates Foundation, to improve the health outcomes of women and girls in developing countries. Diane is currently collaborating on a pilot project to provide mobile medical units in the marketplaces of rural villages of southern Senegal, to help reduce maternal and infant mortality. In addition, she is supporting a social franchise model of women’s clinics in Honduras, which offers treatment for gender-based violence in addition to medical services.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Diane has used her skills to provide psychotherapy for clients struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar illness and many other mental health diagnoses. Her previous community projects include leading a task force on alcohol abuse among expat teens in Singapore and founding a bereavement support group for young widows and widowers in Florida. Through a program of the Episcopal Church, Diane helped lead the launch of community projects in Guatemala among Mayan populations devastated by years of civil war.
Diane is president and co-founder of The Robertson Powell Foundation, which supports research and innovation in the field of health. In 2014, an alert physician diagnosed one of Diane’s family members with idiopathic hypersomnia. Since then, Diane and her husband, Andrew, have discovered the Hypersomnia Foundation and are proud to support its mission of promoting research and advocacy.