Diane Lebson Senior Director
Washington, D.C.
(202) 719-8049


Diane helps our partners transform their fundraising by developing and implementing a strategic and thoughtful approach. On a day-to-day basis, Diane’s work includes overseeing major gifts campaigns, managing branding and communications strategies, strengthening governance structures, building relationships with diverse domestic and international partners, and planning and executing special fundraising events.


Diane brings more than two decades of professional fundraising and leadership experience to Orr Group and the firm’s clients. Before joining Orr Group, Diane was the National Director of Women’s Philanthropy for the American Red Cross. Diane also spent almost 17 years with United Way where she managed the reorganization of the national governance structure and oversaw the growth of the Women’s Leadership Council.

Selected Recent Partners


  • Completed doctoral coursework in public policy with a focus on women’s studies at George Mason University, 2008
  • Certificate, Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, 2006
  • M.S., Administration, Central Michigan University, 1999
  • B.A., International Affairs, The George Washington University, 1992

What makes me happy…

Taking long hikes up the big mountains in the state of Maine.