Thank You, Diana L. Morris! Share your reflections, memories, or wishes for Diana here: Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Name * Email * Comment Comments Dear Diana, Many thanks for all that you have done for and with our city of Baltimore! OSI can be proud of your dedicated leadership. Peace, Bro. Frank Dear Diana… great big hugs of love and gratitude for you. You are a tremendous soul who has served so many. Blessings upon your next series of adventures. Please always take good care of your self. Dear Diana, I have been remiss in not writing you before now. I’m sorry I had to work through your farewell event! I’m sure many have started their notes to you with “there are no words” – and certainly anything I could say would inadequately describe the impact you have had on this community. You have led OSI in demonstrating that philanthropy can, by generating responsive programming and stimulating local leadership, consonant with policy development work, have lasting effects both in individual lives and in structural change. I hope more philanthropists will rise to the example you have set – of boldness in programming, of setting system change goals, and of seeking equity. I am sure (hopeful!) that we will see you and your husband in the future, around town, at our gatherings, and in future civic engagement. All the best, Jes Diana, You have always been the face of OSI for Mary Jo and me and so many others. I know that you have prepared the organization well for this transition, but it is still hard to imagine OSI without your visionary leadership and persistent personal drive. I hope at some point you return to engage in Baltimore’s ongoing varied efforts to reform practices and achieve potential. But first enjoy some R&R! June 11, 2019 Dear Diana, what a remarkable tenure you’ve had these past 21 years! I am going to miss your presence in Baltimore so much (remember I met you when you were at Blaustein). I marveled even then at how quickly you moved into your leadership role. You listened and then vouched for us. This meant the world to the ACLU because we had ambitious goals as well. At a critical time in the life of our education lawsuit you invited funders to come listen to Bebe and me and learn about our case. And shortly thereafter, funding began coming through our door when we really needed to build our way to winning the education case in court. I will be forever grateful for your understanding of what real change we were after. And, of course your support was felt all over Baltimore City by so many over people over so many years. Here’s to you and Peter and your new life abroad and at home. May your many talents continue to honor the lives of those who need a partner with ambitious goals like yours. When you come back to Baltimore, I ‘d love to see you and hear how everything is going. Perhaps we can have a cup of tea at the Evergreen for old time’s sake. Susan Goering Diana. Thank you for your support for juvenile justice reform and deinstitutionalization. Heather Diana, Thank you for your vision, conviction and leadership in your years of work in Baltimore! You are quoted in an interview sharing one of the “surprising truths” that you’ve discovered: “A city’s story about itself can suppress or bolster its aspirations and achievements.” Under your leadership, OSI has played a significant role in bolstering Baltimore’s aspirations and achievements — in no small part through its support of the community fellows who represent people and neighborhoods, issues and dreams all across the city. It has been a powerful vehicle for challenging and changing the narrative of what social justice looks like here, which voices are heard and who sits at the table. Thank you for urging us to tell our city’s story from the inside out — the only authentic place from which transformation can emerge. Thank you! I met you for the very first time on September 12, 2001! I want you to know that I showed up for that interview because it gave me HOPE. I knew that my project would bring light to an issue in Baltimore and most urban communities, “food insecurity”. Thank you for all of your support over the years. Congratulations on all you and OSI Baltimore have achieved! I cannot believe it has been 21 years. Your impact on OSI and the Baltimore community has been tremendous, and I know that your work will continue to benefit Baltimore for some time to come. Best wishes for a fun, new chapter in the Diana Morris story. Diana – All of us in Baltimore owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude for your twenty years of contributions to making Baltimore a better and more just place to live for ALL people. The vision, persistence, and incredibly hard work you brought to your leadership of OSI-Baltimore has been extraordinary. You and your team at OSI have been a force multiplier to improve so many different institutions across the City. The legacy you leave, particularly in the area of social justice, is one for which we are enormously grateful. I can’t wait to see what you do next. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to work with you. Marilynn Diana’s contribution to Baltimore and to social justice is so enormous–her incisive leadership and vision resulted in so many critical reforms. There is no one more committed to change in her adopted city–her persistence, stubbornness, and passion is unrelenting, all with her eye on a bigger picture of a just society. I learned so much from her and my time at OSI changed my life in so many meaningful ways. I know she will continue to bring her unrelenting energy and intelligence to anything she touches next. Diana, The OSI family owes you a debt of gratitude that can never fully be repaid. Your guidance, insight, dedication, and hard work has been a beacon and a benchmark for all who have graced the threshold of OSI. We are so lucky to have known and have learned from someone such as yourself, which makes saying goodbye so hard. Good luck and thank you. Shawn James It’s hard to imagine anyone taking on the Soros $20 million challenge with the energy and commitment you dedicated to that Herculean task. You proved to be such a strong fundraiser! You beat the odds and made many more people believers in Baltimore! Take a bow and may you find great rewards in your next chapter! All the best, Tricia Rubacky Diana, you have been the strong center and guiding hand of OSI-Baltimore for the past 21 years. I have been honored to share the last 5 years of that journey with you and I am immensely grateful for all that I have learned. Your passion for justice, incisive intellect and unflagging energy are impressive and inspiring. Thank you and congratulations for what you have contributed to Baltimore! Diana, I am so grateful that I got to know your wit, passion, compassion, and brilliance as I served on the fellows selection committee. It was the first time in all these years that we “knew” each other that I fully appreciated your energy. I wish you all the best in your evolution. Carol Dear Diana, Thank you for your love, light, and leadership. You inspire us to be the very best version of ourselves – to open our hearts and our minds – to give back to humanity with humility and enthusiasm. We are eternally grateful for YOU. Blessings to you always! Lots and lots of love! -Nupur & Guy Diana, you have been a tremendous blessing to our city and region. I so wish you many more years of good health and continued passion. Stay very well. Diana, thanks for leading the way in the advocacy and systems change arena. You lift up those who are marginalized and never stop finding creative ways to address some of the most challenging issues our city faces. We are grateful for your partnership over the last 20 years. Diana, there are few hires in my 40-year career of which I am prouder than yours! You built an extraordinary presence for Open Society in Baltimore and in the process made life better for many thousands of people. Take a bow! Gara You have left Baltimore a better place and I will miss you and your work greatly. Fair winds and following seas, JC Diana, What a gift you have given Baltimore. Your passion for justice, deep knowledge of issues and opportunities for progress, and unwavering determination have propelled much of the progress that has taken place in Baltimore over the past 21 years. I always admired your willingness to engage deeply with the most challenging topics, and to advocate forcefully for innovative leaders and strategies. Best wishes in what’s ahead. Diana, From elephant sculptures, to Bikemore, to Druid Hill Complete Streets, OSI-Baltimore’s Community Fellowship investments has helped our city and my neighbors and I in countless ongoing ways. Thank you for supporting our efforts to reconnect neighborhoods of West Baltimore with Druid Hill Park. Congrats on your legacy – Baltimore is better for your work. Baltimore will miss you Diana as an insightful, caring, analytical, articulate leader. On a personal note, I will miss the opportunity to be inspired while watching you in action. Thanks for all that you have done for Baltimore! You always put your heart into making progress on the city’s toughest problems. And you were willing to take risks on people and programs! You will be missed! Hello Diana – not a good-bye. Your legacy breathes with each work you have touched. Unified Efforts breathes a lot easier because of your vision, mission, courage, and audacious attitude. Thank you does not fully represent our sentiments. How about we show you as we progress in our work to reduce summer learning loss, develop new leaders and prepare our Baltimore kids with college and career readiness. Yeah, that is how we will thank you! Holding you and yours in the Light, Debbie Ramsey OSI Fellow Baltimore Community 2016-18 Dear Diana, To chronicle and engage with the OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows has been among my top experiences as a writer in the social justice sphere. Their creativity, tenacity, and optimism inspire me, each and every visit. The same goes to your leadership of OSI-Baltimore. You’ve created a culture of belonging and aspiration unlike any I’ve witnessed in the philanthropic sector. Brava to you and all the best for your next chapter. I look forward to your news! Warmly, Didi Goldenhar Hard to imagine OSI without you Diana! I always appreciated your clarity and intensity, and your deep commitment to a more just Baltimore. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to the work. All the best, Sally A magnificent run, solid and very tangible contributions. Baltimore is the better for your tenure and efforts! Baltimore is a more vibrant, innovative, and just city because of the investments OSI makes in its grassroots leadership. Diana’s visionary leadership has paved the way for so many others to grow and succeed. Her legacy will generate positive change for many years to come. Thank you Diana! Baltimore and Maryland are much better places to live for many thousands of people thanks to the hard work and dedication of Diana. We all loved working with her and will miss her very much. Dear Diana, Wonderful leadership and contributions to advancements in Baltimore and Maryland. Thank you for your vision, energy and work. Best wishes for your next endeavors. Bob Congratulations, Diana, on all you have accomplished fro Baltimore! It was great working with you back when I was on the board of OSI. Tim I will honor all the opportunities afforded to me by your leadership at OSI. The projects related to addiction certainly made a positive impact in Baltimore and beyond! Thank you Diana! Good luck in your new endeavors. Hi Diana, You will be greatly missed. I wish you well on the next chapter in both your personal and professional endeavors. Truly appreciate your leadership, and service to OSI through its impact, growth and its mission, and to your commitment to the Baltimore community over the past years. Sincerely, Jerrell Bratcher Dear Diana, Thank you for your years of service to the Baltimore community. After retiring from the full-time faculty in 2016 we moved to Rockport, ME. I have continued to follow your work with OSI-Baltimore. I have fond memories of the early days of collaborating with Tom O’Toole and the summer interns from across the country. Best wishes for the next chapter in your life. Warmly, Bob Diana, Many thanks for the leadership and service that you shared with Baltimore over these many years. Peace, Brother Frank We will miss you! We appreciate all you have done for the citizens of Baltimore! Keep in touch!! With Love, Barbara Shapiro Diana-you will be truly missed. I am so grateful for your leadership, vision and determination to affect and support change in Baltimore. It is hard, challenging and sometimes discouraging work, but you have made a lasting impact on the lives of many. Thank you and best wishes for every success in the future! I am so proud that the Open Society Institute is headquartered in Baltimore. Thank you and best wishes for all you do in the future. Diana is an amazing leader that fearlessly does the right thing every time. Her leadership was pivotal to the growth and impact of OSI-Baltimore. Her legacy is one to be proud of for all of us. Diana – You have left a powerful philanthropic legacy for Maryland and the lasting gratitude of so many of us who have benefited from your wise and generous counsel. Thank you. I’m inspired by your leadership, passion and vision. You have the unique ability to genuinely connect with people on all ends of the spectrum. I look forward to learning about your next journey. Eric N. Ford Diana, Shaping OSI-Baltimore into a civil rights, social justice-based foundation has made many important impacts in Baltimore these 21 years. Thank you for your support and recognition of ACLU-MD’s education work in funding, the 21st Century school construction plan, and our partnership to improve school climate and discipline. The collaboration has helped us do better work! Best to you, Bebe Diana, it was such a pleasure working with you as you sought to push funders and youth-led orgs in reimagining what racial equity could look like in Baltimore. I loved meeting with you and I know that you will go off to do amazing things. Best of luck to you! What a wonderful impact you have made in the lives of so many Diana! How fortunate I am to have worked with you for so many years, from the very beginning. Your leadership in the sector, and in particular, at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers will have a lasting impact. Congratulations and good luck – looking forward to seeing the change you will continue to forge! Thank you Diana for all you did for Baltimore over the last 20 years! Words cannot fittingly thank Diana for her inspired leadership of OSI-B over 2+ decades. New thinking, improved practice, heightened opportunity in Baltimore all attributable to her lead. Baltimore is better because you contributed so much so well. What an amazing gift Diana has given to Baltimore and all of us. Thank you Diana! Some of most important work has been done with the support and partnership of OSI, in large part due to Diana Morris. Diana’s leadership at OSI has had a profound impact on this city. Diana, Your leaving has me sad, and happy; sad because I have witnessed your dedication, and commitment to social justice issues over the years, happy because I understand that our destinies leads us, and you are following yours. It has been a rewarding experience working with you over the years, and getting to know you and the OSI family. Thank you my friend. Walter Lomax Diana showed me what tenacious, focused, dedicated, and impactful leadership looked like. Her skill, energy, passion, and drive are second to none. Thank you for everything, Diana. Baltimore and our world has benefitted tremendously from your hard work. Thank you. Diana has been a terrific ally of public health leaders in Baltimore for many years. Few may realize that her support (and Open Society contributions) for the Baltimore Buprenorphine Initiative in the mid-2000s made it possible to launch so quickly and effectively. She had a guiding hand in multiple innovations in outreach and treatment in the city. She is a model of how creative, consistent, and open leadership in philanthropy can strengthen the public sector’s approach to a major policy challenge. Diana -wishing you all the best in your next chapter. Thanks for all you did to help Baltimore. Earl Linehan Thank you for all of the work you have done for the city of Baltimore!