Diana Colangelo joined City Parks Alliance in 2019 as strategic initiatives program manager. In partnership with the strategic initiatives director, Diana supports the development of City Parks Alliance’s workshops, webinars, and other peer-to-peer and member capacity-building initiatives designed to amplify the impact of cross-sector park partnerships.
Prior to joining City Parks Alliance, Diana worked for over six years as a projects and policy specialist for the city of Burlington, Vermont’s Community & Economic Development Office. She worked with businesses that were starting or expanding in Burlington, providing technical assistance and working on policies, issues, and projects affecting business and economic vitality in the city. These included projects like reforming the parking system, streamlining permitting processes, providing funding to innovative organizations assisting entrepreneurs, and helping to coordinate public engagement initiatives related to development projects, infrastructure projects, and other city initiatives.
Diana received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Vermont in 2010. Before moving to Vermont, she worked for two and a half years as a housing advocate and case manager for homeless individuals in Cambridge, Massachusetts at a nonprofit called HomeStart, Inc. Diana received her bachelor’s degree in English and sociology from Boston College in 2005.
Diana’s favorite city park is Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont, where she has enjoyed many a music festival, food festival, relaxing afternoon with friends, and gorgeous sunset over the Adirondack Mountains.