Dianne Lafaurie is equipped with an array of leadership skills and more than 20 years of work experience, which includes progressive management responsibilities, business-to-business communication, professional development, and marketing in the healthcare industry.  Prior to being selected as a National Urban Fellow, she served as a Sr. Patient Advisor for one of the nation’s top surgeons spearheading initiatives in the Spanish-speaking community.

Prior to that, she was Office Administrator for a private, specialty healthcare practice with several recognized surgeons, which grew to three locations during her tenure.  During her years with the organization, she honed her skills in management, finance, and business administration while maintaining a dedication to patient-centered care and community engagement.  Dianne worked closely with local non-profits focusing on providing free health care to underprivileged children and spearheaded a community blood donation program with the local chapter of the American Red Cross for which the office was awarded the organization’s Courage Award (2009) and the Certificate of Dedication (2010).

Earning her Bachelor’s in Gender & Feminist Studies at Pitzer College, Dianne chose the school for its mission statement and core values, which include social responsibility, intercultural understanding, and commitment to action. Throughout her academic career she worked with various community organizations including the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center and the California Institution for Women. 

Dianne’s mentorship site was with the City of Indianapolis - Office of the Mayor, Front Porch Alliance. The Front Porch Alliance (FPA) focuses on building and supporting partnerships with community groups to bring the Mayor’s goal of building healthy communities to fruition.  Dianne worked on several projects, among them: conducting research on homeless initiatives and innovative programs culminating in a proposal dedicated to the homeless (an underserved population), heading the Mayors Day of Recognition, and helping to coordinate Indy’s annual Major Taylor Wellness Ride and Health Fair.

Dianne, led by her passion for social justice and leadership, applied to the National Urban Fellows Program and is honored to have been selected to the Class of 2015. The challenge and new skills she will continue to acquire as a National Urban Fellow will serve to guide her to be a stronger leader with a commitment to excellence and service as an agent of change.