Diana Benton Schechter

Chief Operating Officer

Diana serves as Chief Operating Officer and Board Secretary at the END Fund. Her team serves the END Fund’s growth and impact goals by strengthening the organization’s strategic plans; aligning and strengthening its financial, operational and human resources towards those strategic aims; ensuring good governance and risk management; and growing cross-organizational capacity to make evidence-based decisions and evidence impact through data collection and analysis. In a period of ongoing, significant projected growth and organizational change, Diana seeks to ensure the END Fund strategically and thoughtfully deploys all available financial, human, operational and other resources in pursuit of the mission via its three investment funds – the Flagship Fund, the Reaching the Last Mile Fund, and the Deworming Innovation Fund – and beyond. Diana also oversees the Reaching the Last Mile Fund’s operations and governance.

Previously, Diana led strategic planning at The Atlantic Philanthropies, the limited life foundation founded by Charles F. Feeney. Between 1982 and 2016, Atlantic committed more than $9 billion to social change around the world. Diana played a central role in grantmaking planning, facilitated decision-making by the CEO and Board of Directors, and managed workflow across the foundation’s seven offices on five continents. Prior to joining Atlantic in 2007, Diana was a consultant at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery (now Finsbury), a strategic communications and crisis management firm based in New York.

Diana has served on the board of Discovery to Cure, an institute at Yale University committed to advancing the prevention, early detection and treatment of women’s reproductive cancers. She is a member of the Columbia College Young Leaders Council and a longtime Pacesetter fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She earned a BA from Columbia University and an MPA from New York University. Diana lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.