Diane Melley

At-Large Board Member

Executive Director & Senior Advisor, Philadelphia Foundation


Diane Melley is Executive Director of Second Century Initiatives & Corporate Partnerships for the Philadelphia Foundation. In that role, she leads planning, execution and partnership-building, in support of a series of initiatives launching Philadelphia Foundation’s second century of civic and philanthropic leadership in the community. She also has led the building of new strategic relationships with the corporate sector and corporate volunteering, including the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council.

Melley joined the Philadelphia Foundation in August 2018 after 36 years at IBM, where she was Vice President for Global Citizenship Initiatives, including IBM’s global grants program, its humanitarian responses to disasters around the world, and its IBM Volunteers program. A technologist by training, she led the IBM’s systems integration practice prior to leading the global citizenship team. She also led IBM’s own Centennial Celebration of Service in 2011.

A long-time Philadelphian with a bachelor’s in computer science from LaSalle University, Melley is on the boards of Independent Sector, the Points of Light Institute and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

She is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility at Johns Hopkins University and is certified by both IBM and the Project Management Institute as a Project Executive.

She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two daughters.

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