Diane T. Ashley

Diane T. Ashley has been implementing transformative initiatives for diversity and recruiting in corporate, nonprofit and government organizations for 20+ years. Her entire career has been fueled by a passion for translating corporate desire for increased diversity and inclusion into actionable strategies that fully engage organizations, top to bottom, through innovative approaches to the educational experiences that can lead to the establishment of inclusive behaviors.

Diane served as Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s (FRBNY) founding Chief Diversity Officer, and launched their Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Her unit served as the operational model for the other Banks of the Federal Reserve System. Upon passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, Diane served as the FRBNY Director of a congressionally mandated unit created to increase and monitor progress of minorities and women in the workplace and the community.

Prior to her work at FRBNY, Diane held several leadership roles at Citigroup. There, she relaunched Citi’s supplier diversity department for minority-, women-, disabled-, and veteran-owned businesses seeking work with Citi. Working across businesses at the bank, she increased spending with diverse suppliers from $400M to more than $1B.

Diane holds a M.Ed. in Human Resources from Boston University and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. She earned a B.A. in French from Yale University, with a year of study abroad at the Sorbonne. Diane currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Rutgers University School of Business. She is a speaker on diversity and inclusion for senior level audiences in the United States and abroad, sharing her expertise with a wide variety of organizations.