Diane Mataraza is President of Diane L. Mataraza, Inc., an independent arts management-consulting firm incorporated in 2001, on Florida’s Space Coast. Diane’s lifelong record of accomplishment as an arts educator, a non-profit arts administrator, a federal arts funder and director of a national foundation in the entertainment industry has provided a breadth of practical experience which is now applied to helping others thrive.
From 1999-2001, Diane was Senior Vice President with ArtsMarket, a national consulting firm specializing in cultural planning and marketing. From 1997-1999, she was Executive Director of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Foundation (the Grammy Awards) based in Santa Monica, California. She was Director of the Local Arts Agencies Program at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in Washington, D.C., from 1992-96. Under the chairmanship of Jane Alexander in 1997, Diane served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chairman. Prior to the NEA, Diane directed the Alliance of New York State Arts Councils, the lead advocacy organization for the arts in New York State. She represented the arts community on the New York State Governor’s Arts Award Committee; the New York State Senate Committee on the Culture Industry; the Business Council of New York State’s Tourism Advisory Committee, and the State Education Commissioner’s Advisory Committee. Diane ran the Dutchess County Arts Council and its United Arts Fund in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1979-1984. Through her efforts, Dutchess County was one of the first NEA Local Arts Agencies Test Program Grant recipients, and the county was a recipient of a New York State Governor’s Arts Award. A trained musician, Diane taught high school instrumental music in New York’s public schools from 1974-1978. She is the 1998 recipient of the Selina Ottum Award presented by the NEA and Americans for the Arts. A native of New York’s Hudson Valley, Diane was awarded a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Ithaca College School of Music in 1974, a master’s degree from New York University in 1978, and a certificate in association management from the United States Chamber of Commerce in 1991. She lives in Viera, Florida.