Diana Mao

President & Co-Founder

Diana Mao

Diana Mao is a global leader on a mission to eradicate human trafficking in her lifetime. As President and Co-Founder of Nomi Network, Diana raises awareness about human trafficking and creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of breaking generational cycles of slavery. In recognition of her visionary skill sets and champion of change mindset, Diana is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, New York Academy of Medicine Fellow and has received the 2021 New York University Alumni Changemaker Award, 2021 Texas Women’s Foundation Young Leader Award and 2019 Pioneer Award from Asian Americans for Equality. 

Diana’s 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 life experience, Diana left a rewarding career in management consulting with Maximus, Inc. to focus her tenured creative insight to see the potential in using business and economic development models to address human trafficking; in addition, how to minimize costs and maximize the use of resources while working for social change.

In her work for justice and freedom, Diana’s insights have been shared as she served on the White House Private Public Partnership Against Human Trafficking and her recommendations have infused policymakers in Senate and Congress to strengthen workforce development for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking. She has published articles in Bush Center Catalyst Journal, The International Family Offices Journal, Huffington Post, Reuters, and the United States Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. She has been featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, Entertainment Tonight, D Magazine and Washington Magazine. Diana has presented at the Horasis Global Summit, United Nations, Bush Presidential Center, Clinton Presidential Center, Global Women’s Network Summit, White House Council on Women and Girls, and other prominent conferences.

Diana earned her Bachelor’s in Business Economics and Chinese from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a Master’s in Public Administration, with a specialization in International Management from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Currently, Diana resides in Dallas, TX.

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Nomi Network Mentor Application

Help us create pathways to safe employment for survivors and girls at risk of human trafficking. Nomi Network is looking for committed and inspiring individuals to provide mentorship, workshops, seminars, internships, and work exposure to teen girls facing adversity and lack of opportunities in Dallas. This application will help us get to know you more as we seek to onboard and connect mentors with girls.


Tell us more about yourself, your inspiration, your career journey, and interests in volunteering.

This information is strictly confidential and will be used only as reference when matching volunteers with youth who come from similar backgrounds. (Check all that apply)

Thank you for taking the time to submit an application to empower girls through the Nomi Network mentor program. You are steps closer to team with us to provide crucial ways for adolescent survivors to break down barriers to economic empowerment. Next, we will reach out with available interview dates and times. We look forward to speaking with you.

Nomi Network Volunteer Interest

Help us create pathways to safe employment for survivors and girls at risk of human trafficking. Nomi Network is looking for committed and inspiring individuals to provide mentorship, workshops, seminars, internships, and work exposure to teen girls facing adversity and lack of opportunities in Dallas. Please take 5 minutes to record your interest in the volunteer opportunities below.


This information is strictly confidential and will be used only as reference when matching volunteers with youth who come from similar backgrounds. (Check all that apply)

We aim to provide a team of mentors of the girls in our program. With this model, there are two kinds of mentors:

1. Mentor Team Member- This mentor is a part of a team and will provide specific support to the mentee based on her area of need. This role can be virtual and the commitment can be 1 or 2 years with the expectation of a monthly check-in with the mentee. This mentor's experience aligns with the mentee's career interests and will help her in specific phases of her career path. For example, they may walk her through the college application process, help her look for a job or internship, or assist her in gaining access to resources like scholarships, fellowship programs, or government assistance. This mentor might also help her gain specific skills such as networking, public speaking, interviewing, financial acumen, entrepreneurship, self-motivation, etc.

2. Mentor Team Lead- This mentor will be based in Dallas and commit to 1-2 years with their mentee leading her team of mentors. This high-level commitment includes coordinating with Nomi Network staff and the multi-disciplinary team prior to the girl's discharge from the Dallas County Juvenile System. They will be a part of her re-entry plan and treatment, and build face-to-face rapport. The mentor team lead will set up monthly or bi-monthly meeting with the mentor team to assign roles and projects to the other mentors based on the mentee's needs. Nomi Network's Mentor Coordinator will support each mentor team lead throughout the 2 year process.

Let us know which areas of involvement you would like to pursue.
Thank you for recording your interest in volunteering with Nomi Network to provide crucial ways for adolescent survivors to break down barriers to economic empowerment. We will get back to you with more specific expectations and lay out clear ways to implement these opportunities for youth in our program. Our partnerships team will work with you to set up a timeline and coordinate efforts. Depending on the area of involvement, training may be required.