Diana Hill named Executive Director of ‘Pathways’ nonprofit orgqnization

Diana Hill Courtesy photo

Pathways to Independence is excited to announce Diana Hill as its new Executive Director, the Long Beach nonprofit has announced in a press release.

Diana has been a community leader for over 25 years in Los Alamitos and the greater Orange County area. Diana is currently a governing board member of the Los Alamitos School District among other volunteer positions, and has been associated with Pathways since 2007 serving as a mentor, coordinator, board member, and Interim Executive Director. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those who have demonstrated a desire to grow and break the negative cycles in their lives.

“This work is really meaningful for me,” said Hill. “I was raised by a single mom,” acknowledges Hill, “and she was the most amazing lady.”

Therefore, Hill says she has worked with Pathways to Independence for 15 years, helping to raise money to put young women in trouble on a more solid path to success.

“All of us have had instances of trauma in our lives, but for me, I really look at Pathways as an opportunity to break cycles with people that are willing to do the work necessary to change the trajectory of their lives,” said Hill.

Hill is a leader who serves, inspires, and always reaches for audacious goals, the group said in the press release.

The group said Hill has owned and operated a national seminar firm for 18 years, was a Director of Education at Online Trading Academy for 14 years. Currently she is serving on the Los Alamitos school board. She is a California State University Long Beach graduate, married to her high school sweetheart for 37 years, a mother of two Griffin graduates and grandmother to four.

Hill said she has mentored young women in this program and the experience has been life changing.

“Seeing what they have done, where they came from and how they’ve adapted has changed my life for the better,” said Hill.

“This work is personal, generational and legacy leaving,” she added.

As the Interim Executive Director, Diana facilitated a Board Member and Staff retreat, revitalized the Student Lounge for clients and dedicated the lounge in the memory of Friends of Pathways member Lori Giacomini.

She raised Pathway’s status on GuideStar to the Gold Seal of Transparency and created new strategic relationships with Long Beach City College, California State University Long Beach, and Golden West College

Pathways to Independence is an organization for social impact providing housing, mentoring, healthcare, therapy, college education, and services for young women who have experienced trauma.

Recently, Pathway’s volunteer, Suzy Gowin, won the Orange County Community Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award. As well as volunteer, Lindsay Mais, won honorable mention for the Invest in Others Award from investinothers.org.

Friends of Pathways will host its 26th annual event to benefit Pathways to Independence on October 1, 2022, in Long Beach. The theme of this year’s event is “Pathways to the Future.” To learn more about the organization, the event and purchase tickets, please visit