Diane Powell – Board Chair/CEO
In 2014, an alert physician diagnosed one of Diane’s family members with idiopathic hypersomnia. Soon afterwards, Diane learned about the Hypersomnia Foundation and is proud to develop and support its mission of raising awareness and advocating for increased research and development of new treatments.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Diane has provided psychotherapy for clients struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar illness and many other mental health diagnoses. Her community projects have included 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, she helped lead the launch of community projects in Guatemala among Mayan populations devastated by years of civil war.
Diane is also a founding member of Maverick Collective, 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 across the world. She has collaborated 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, and supported a social franchise model of women’s clinics in Honduras.
Diane is president and co-founder of The Robertson Powell Foundation, supporting research and innovation in the field of health.