Diane Dewhirst is a seasoned leader with national legislative, communications, and political experience. In 2021, Dewhirst was appointed by President Biden as Senior Deputy Chair at the National Endowment for the Arts where she served for 18 months.
Prior to her work in the Administration, Dewhirst had a distinguished career on Capitol Hill including working for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for more than 15 years, most recently as deputy chief of staff, where she managed a portfolio that included women’s economic agenda and intergovernmental affairs, and served as liaison to the House Democratic Women’s Caucus. She represented Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives to an array of leading national cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress, as well as entities across the country, and helped manage major events including national conventions and inaugural ceremonies.
Prior to her work in the House of Representatives, Dewhirst served as an independent consultant for organizations that include the Smithsonian Institution, Children’s Defense Fund, and Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, and worked in several positions for the Clinton Administration.
Dewhirst began her Capitol Hill career with Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-ME), as communications director and national spokesperson. Dewhirst, a graduate of Northwestern University, lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, Robert Hickmott, and has three children.