Education Advocate and Corporation Communications Expert

Diane Rodriguez Rand is a lifelong education advocate. She is a founding member of the Kenilworth Partnership, which opened Providence Englewood Charter School in 2005. Today the neighborhood school offers a high-quality public education to more than 500 students. She started her career as a communications professional representing Kraft Foods to external audiences through a variety of mergers and acquisitions, crisis situations, philanthropic contributions, and product introductions. After volunteering at Providence Englewood, she made a career change and pursued a Master’s in Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Diane is married with three adult children. She is an enthusiastic college basketball fan, prodigious reader, and avid theatergoer.

Why I am committed to Breakthrough:

I came to know Breakthrough through its youth programs. Breakthrough’s work with young people is challenging, inspirational ,and profound. Each day, the committed staff helps young people to make good choices that will influence the trajectory of their lives. The complexity of their challenges seems to be no match for the staff’s talent and commitment. In addition, Breakthrough’s reach into the community to provide wraparound services to people when, where, and how they need them can be a model for other communities. I’m grateful for the opportunity to support Breakthrough which has, for over 25 years, brought so much guidance, hope, and value to people in East Garfield Park.

Member Since 2019