Diane Lee Kraitman: Robin Perlo Berry NextGen Leader
As an active participant in the Houston Jewish Community, Diane Kraitman is a passionate volunteer and has a hard time saying “no” to causes and organizations in which she believes.
Currently, Diane is serving on the executive committee of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. In addition to her role as a board member, she is co-chairing initiatives on board member engagement and volunteer engagement. She also serves on the theater, film, development and strategic planning committees at the ERJCC.
Diane enjoys volunteering with NCJW- whether through the Back to School Store or gala committees. She recently joined the PJ Library steering committee. Diane actively volunteers with both her graduate and undergraduate alma maters, Tufts University and UC Berkeley. Previously, Diane served on the board of Dionysus Theatre and chaired the Houston Jewish Film Festival.
Diane also currently serves on the board of the CLL Global Research Foundation, a non-profit organization to accelerate chronic lymphocytic leukemia research. As the Chief Operating Officer, she was responsible for all financial aspects in addition to overseeing the peer-review grant-making process as well as communication and development efforts. During that time, she also served as manager of Clinical Protocol Administration at MD Anderson Cancer Center where she was responsible for the conduct of multiple clinical trials.
Today, Diane serves as the Office Administrator at the Office of Attorney Steve Lee, overseeing business operations and human resources.
Diane was born and raised in Houston, obtained her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her Masters in Business Administration and Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. She is married to Javier Kraitman. They recently welcomed their daughter Jackelyn, providing Diane with her favorite role yet – being a mom. Diane most enjoys being with her family and friends, planning a fun party and helping a good cause.
“I want to introduce our daughter Jackelyn to the world of volunteering,” says Diane. “So far, she has joined me at the ERJCC, Jewish Family Service and Undies for Everyone. We hope that she grows up engaged in the community, that she finds organizations to rally behind and that she advocates for those who need help in our community and beyond.”
Robin Perlo Berry NextGen Leadership Award
Named in memory of Robin Perlo Berry, the NextGen Leadership Award recognizes outstanding young leaders in Houston for their community work and philanthropy, values that Robin embraced and lived each and every day. The award is given to individuals whose leadership, work and philanthropy in the Jewish Community exemplifies the very best in volunteerism and devoted service.