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Diane Downing

Diane Downing

Executive Director, Say Yes Cleveland

Diane manages and directs all operations of Say Yes Cleveland, along with the partnerships and collaborations we rely on to pursue the Say Yes mission.

A longtime Cleveland resident, Diane has held numerous roles in civic leadership, including as the Cleveland District Director for United States Senator George Voinovich, Executive for Service during the administration of Mayor Michael White, and Deputy Director of the Ohio Lottery and on the executive staff in the Office of Mayor George Voinovich.

Most recently, Diane worked as Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Affairs for Huntington Bank in Cleveland, where she developed strategies for expanding the bank’s community involvement. From May 2015 through August 2016 she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Host Committee for the Republican National Convention, the nonprofit civic group that enabled the convention to take place in Cleveland. Diane also formerly served in the leadership of the Cleveland Browns as, among other roles, Vice President and Stadium Operations Director. She was Project Manager at the City of Cleveland for the construction of Cleveland Browns Stadium (now First Energy Stadium).

Chapter Leadership

David Rust is the Executive Director of Say Yes Buffalo.

Ahmeed Turner is the Executive Director of Say Yes Syracuse .

Lidia Torres is the Executive Director New York City, Harlem.

Contact Us

Are you inspired by the goals and approach of Say Yes? We invite you to reach out to the Say Yes National office or to a Say Yes chapter, to learn more about how you can get involved.