Leadership and Staff

Diana Benton Schechter Executive for Strategic Planning

Diana Benton Schechter was the Executive for Strategic Planning in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer at The Atlantic Philanthropies through 2016. She was based in the New York office.

Ms. Schechter provided strategic counsel, project management and writing support to the CEO on Board relations, program strategic planning, internal communications, organizational development, and reviews of processes and practices across the foundation. She analyzed problems and presented information to facilitate decision-making by senior leadership and the Board of Directors. Ms. Schechter helped manage the global program strategic review in 2011-2012 that finalized the plans for conclusion of Atlantic’s historic grantmaking, and had a key role in planning for the foundation’s final investments through its Global Opportunity & Leverage (GOAL) Fund. She also managed special grantmaking and other projects for the CEO. Previously, Ms. Schechter was a member of the Chief of Staff’s Office and the Communications Department.

Prior to joining Atlantic in 2007, Ms. Schecter was a Senior Associate at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery, a strategic communications and crisis management firm based in New York.

Ms. Schechter serves on the boards of the Columbia College Young Alumni Fund and Discovery to Cure, an institute at Yale University committed to advancing the prevention, early detection and treatment of women’s reproductive cancers.

She earned a B.A. in history and creative writing from Columbia and a master’s in public administration from New York University.