The Drum Major Award

Diane Fisher

Diane has been the director of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley for 12 years, building strong relations between the local Jewish community and diverse faith, ethnic and government bodies in the pursuit of a more just society.

Diane serves on a number of faith-based collaboratives, including the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC), Catholic-Jewish dialogue, the Faith Based Re-entry Collaborative, and she co-leads the Teen Interfaith Leadership Council of Santa Clara County. She is also involved in public policy advocacy on a number of social justice issues, including hunger, housing, human trafficking, immigration, income inequality and civil rights. Her current areas of focus include the newly established African American Jewish Partnership Project, and also founding the Resiliency Training for Counselors of Youth Affected by Violence-a joint project of the Latino and Jewish communities.

In 2007 Diane was presented the Circle of Friends Award by the SJ/Silicon Valley NAACP. In 2012 she received a Human Relations Commission Award from Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese for the use of arts and culture to advance human relations. In 2015 Diane received the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism from the Hindu American Foundation.

Diane has a BA in music from UC Berkeley and a BA in computer science from UC Santa Cruz. She worked as a software engineer for 20 years before moving to the nonprofit world. She serves as Vice President of the JCRC Directors Association, is a member of the Leadership Network of Working Partnerships, and the Selah Leadership Network of Bend the Arc, A Jewish Partnership for Justice.