Nadia Diaz Funn
Nadia Diaz Funn is the Executive Director of the Alliance for a Better Community. In this role she is responsible for overseeing the execution of the organization’s strategic plan, establishing policy priorities, and serving as its spokesperson.
Nadia was born and raised in unincorporated East Los Angeles. She attended local Catholic and public schools wherein her passion for learning and desire for social justice was seeded and nurtured by great teachers, counselors, coaches and principals. Through the support of her community and hard work of her parents, she was one of the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. Her experiences as a first generation Latina college student were foundational in her life’s work as an advocate for high quality public education.
Prior to joining ABC, Nadia worked to close the achievement gap for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable students through various positions at the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was instrumental in the District’s implementation of the new California Local Control Funding Formula, successfully advocated for essential early childhood education funding, and contributed to the development of the District’s Master Plan for English Learners. Nadia was also responsible for the development and implementation of District-wide programs and policies to improve parent engagement, including a $20 million Parent & Family Center Improvement Program, the LAUSD School Volunteer Program, and the expansion of the District’s AmeriCorps VISTA program into the largest education-focused VISTA program in the nation.
Before her tenure at LAUSD, Nadia worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation promoting the organization’s Family Economic Success Initiative nationally, along the Southwest border, and within Indian Country. Her work significantly contributed to the foundation’s mission to develop brighter futures for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social, and health outcomes.
Nadia received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Yale University and her Master of Public Management from the University of Maryland. She is a former California Executive Fellow where she worked for the Office of John Chiang, State Board of Equalization to provide support and resources to women-owned businesses. Nadia currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Kyle, and two young sons, Aidan and Evan.