Working with the Weingart Foundation’s housing and homelessness partners, Jiménez will advance the Foundation’s housing justice strategy.
August 16, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA) – After an extensive search, the Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial justice, welcomes Diana Amparo Jiménez (she/they) as Program Officer for Housing Justice. In the newly created position, Jiménez will foster grantmaking, convening, public/private partnerships, advocacy, and communications to advance racial justice in the housing landscape in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. Jiménez will also work closely with the Foundation’s impact investing team to support housing justice opportunities.
“Diana Amparo Jiménez brings deep expertise and housing leadership that will help us advance lasting solutions to our region’s housing needs,” said Miguel Santana, President and C.E.O. of the Weingart Foundation. “Her professional background, lived experience, and deeply rooted commitment to social justice make her a valuable addition to our team as we continue to build power for systemic change across Southern California.”
Most recently, Jiménez served as Program Associate for the Homelessness Initiative at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, where she supported the implementation of its five-year strategy aiming to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Before that, Jiménez was a Project Manager at T.R.U.S.T. South LA’s Community Land Trust, where she established partnerships with community development financial institutions, commercial banks, and philanthropy for viable loan products and grants to secure creative financing for the purchase and rehabilitation of multifamily buildings through the implementation of LA County’s community land trust pilot.
“My personal experience as a child of migrants, growing up amidst housing insecurity, propelled me to pursue a career that invests in Black, Indigenous, and communities of color which have long been extracted from,” said Diana Amparo Jiménez, the Weingart Foundation’s incoming housing justice program officer. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues and the Weingart Foundation’s partners to continue to serve communities most impacted by systemic racism.”
Jiménez is a first-generation graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Policy, Planning, and Development – Sustainable Planning Emphasis from the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy. Jiménez is a descendant of the Nahua and Raramuri-Tarahumara nations and remains rooted in their ancestral practices of land, housing, and environmental justice.
ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION
The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, housing, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.