Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Amira Diamond has over 2 decades of leadership experience around the world designing and delivering community driven, rights-based programming at the intersection of gender, racial, economic, environmental and climate justice. A women’s studies and international development practitioner, Amira is passionate about building replicable models for achieving resilient communities.
Before WEA, Diamond was the West Coast Director of Democracy Matters, a national student movement founded by NBA player Adonal Foyle to raise public awareness democratic reform and clean elections. There she mentored and trained thousands of students across 5 states to lobby, produce street theater, organize rallies, and launch grassroots advocacy campaigns to deepen democracy. In 2004, inspired to forward bridge-building between the disconnected environmental and human rights movements, she joined tree-sitter Julia Butterfly Hill’s team at Circle of Life where she supported environmental justice campaigns and production of the nation’s first “zero waste events”, biodiesel bus tours and rock concerts. A violinist and vocalist, she founded the Social Prophet Choir in 2007 to build community and fund local resilience initiatives.
Diamond received her interdisciplinary training in Women’s Studies at Colgate University, studied Women and Development with the School for International Training in Jamaica, and attended Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley. Diamond’s board experience includes groups like the Forbes Executive Women’s Board, Mycelium Youth Network and Planet Women, and she is an Advisor to Regeneration, a book and initiative launched by environmentalist Paul Hawken. A certified Holistic Health Educator, she was recently named one of FoodTank’s Women Reshaping the Food System.
Amira lives with her partner and their two young sons on the traditional, unceded land of the Graton Rancheria and Southern Pomo nations, in the Atascadero/Green Valley Watershed. She is a frequent keynote speaker and performer at social impact events, a leadership trainer, facilitator and strategic planner.