Diana Mao, Co-Founder & President
Diana Mao, President of Nomi Network, is an abolitionist whose mission is to completely eradicate human trafficking in her lifetime. A star of the global movement to abolish slavery, she co-founded Nomi Network, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about human-trafficking and creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk. Diana recruited the Nomi Network Board of Directors and Advisory Board, as well as established strategic relationships with large corporations while developing Nomi Network into a prominent international organization.
Many organizations have recognized the work that Diana and Nomi Network have been doing. In 2015, the Presidential Leadership Scholars program selected her for its inaugural class. From April of 2013 through the present, Diana has Co-Chaired the Nexus Human Trafficking Modern Day Slavery Work Group, an organization that has rallied millions of people to combat modern slavery. In her work for justice and freedom, Diana also writes for the Huffington Post, Reuters, and the United States Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. She is a New York Academy of Medicine Fellow. Recently received the Pioneer Award from Asian Americans for Equality and Recent Alumni Impact Award from New York University.
Diana’s faith fuels her drive for justice. Her conviction stems from a research trip to Cambodia where she personally witnessed young children trafficked and sold. Convinced of the urgency and necessity for action, she desired to restore women and families to have self-agency and be catalysts in their communities. In response to this trip, Diana left her position as Senior Consultant at Maximus, Inc., where she had been instrumental in providing a business perspective to government health and human services agencies, helping to increase efficiency and revenue, as well as strengthening businesses and workforce development programs. She also was pulled into the Merger and Acquisitions team and was responsible for identifying and vetting companies. Her tenure as a senior consultant gave her the creative insight to see the potential in using business methods to address human-trafficking, in addition to how to minimize costs and maximize the use of resources while working for social change. She also worked at Renaissance Economic Development Corporation and was responsible for a small portfolio of development projects including revisioning and developing public space in Lower Manhattan.
Diana earned a master's degree in Public Administration, with a specialization in International Management from New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and prior to that, a bachelor's degree in Business Economics and Chinese from the University of California, Santa Barbara.