Diane Grossman, Executive Director

Diane Grossman joined Sheltering Arms in March 2001 and was named executive director effective July 1, 2023. Over her 22 years serving with Sheltering Arms, she has worked closely with hundreds of grantees and has worked in all aspects of operating the foundation. She has led the strategic direction of the foundation’s grantmaking practices to help improve the experience of grantees, trustees, and other partners. She is passionate about seeing the foundation’s work through an equity lens and continuing to seek ways to improve equity and accessibility.

Diane Grossman came to Minnesota following her career at the State Bar of Wisconsin, serving as executive coordinator of the Board of Governors and the administrator of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. She is currently serving as co-chair of the national PEAK Grantmaking Small Foundation Affinity Group, is a member of the WCA Foundation, and is a volunteer with Bags of Hope. Grossman earned her BBA in marketing with an accounting minor from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, with graduate studies in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Grossman earned her Certificate of Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations from the Center for Nonprofit Management at the University of St Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is currently working toward Certificate of Fundraising at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.