Diane Cornman-Levy | Emerge Pennsylvania

Executive Director - WOMEN'S WAY
Class of 2016

Diane Cornman-LevyDiane Cornman-Levy is a long-term resident of Delaware County where she graduated from Radnor High School and then received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Brown University and a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy at Northwestern University. She returned to Delaware County in 1991 when she moved to Newtown Square. A strong advocate for public education, her two daughters graduated from Marple Newtown High School.

Growing up in a family who was deeply committed to social justice built the foundation of her diverse career as a community activist, healthcare professional, educator, and non-profit leader. During these thirty years, Diane built strategic partnerships and coalitions to address many complex social issues that affect the quality of lives of youth, families and elders such as hunger, inadequate healthcare services, rising epidemic of addictions, unemployment, under-resourced schools, and violence. Diane is currently the Executive Director of WOMEN’s WAY, a nonprofit organization committed to achieving gender equality and justice. Between 2007 and 2015, she was the Executive Director of the Federation of Neighborhood Centers (FNC), a non-profit organization that provides health and human services to more than 35,000 disadvantaged individuals per year. Before working at FNC, she was the Founder and Executive Director of Journey Home, a nonprofit organization that provided health and human services to more than 2,500 disadvantaged individuals per year. Between 1991 and 2001, she was an instructor in the Physical Therapy Department at Thomas Jefferson University.  In each of these positions, she challenged the status quo through improving existing or developing new programs and services. Her efforts culminated in the creation of three innovative community health training programs for health professional students, a student-led Physical Therapy clinic for homeless adults, a community center in Lower North Philadelphia, four citywide youth development programs for at-risk youth, three innovative workforce development programs for low-skilled adults, and an improved local food system for residents of the Philadelphia region. She served as the Co-Chair of the City of Philadelphia’s Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC), and currently is a member of FPAC, Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health’s Advisory Board, and the Philadelphia Declaration of Play Council.  

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