Diana Dorame has been Executive Director/Supervising Attorney of Legal Aid of Napa Valley since March 1, 2006. She joined Legal Aid as Supervising Attorney in July 2005. Diana was formerly senior attorney with the Napa County Department of Child Support for 12 years. She is currently a Queen of the Valley Medical Center Trustee. She is currently a Latino/a Advisory Council member. She was elected to the board of the Legal Aid Association of California in 2012.
Diana obtained her Certificate in Non Profit Management in 2011 through the One Justice Executive Fellowship program. Diana has also served on the Napa Valley Non Profit Coalition Board from 2006 through 2012. She is also the past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California. Prior to moving to Napa, Diana practiced law in Los Angeles and Orange counties. A graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Diana was an officer and trustee of the Los Angeles Mexican Bar Association and an extern with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Diana has been married to Martin Martinez for 20 years and they have two teenagers, Emilio and Elise.
What this nomination means to me.
I am deeply honored and humbled to be nominated as a “Star” by the Latino Heritage Month Planning Committee. However, I do not think of myself as a Star; if so, then there are many Stars who light up the way in our community and I am just proud to be a part of this amazing galaxy of Latinas in the Napa Valley.
What motivates me to be involved in our community.
Injustice. Cultural Pride. Friends. Conscience. These are a few of the things that motivate me to be involved in our community. Most importantly, I am motivated to make a difference by using me legal training to help others who may not be able to navigate the legal system or access various resources that will improve their position in our community. Whether it is changing a person’s immigration status or just sharing knowledge so that a person can become empowered is what keeps me working to assist our community – even when it may not be the easy or acceptable thing to do. I only hope that I am able to encourage the next generation to continue to fight the unpopular battles and to also emulate the Legendary Latina Stars in this valley.