Diane Quast, M.P.A. | Executive Director

As Project ECHO’s Executive Director, Diane is accountable for the overall management and administration of this emerging non-profit organization. Her focus has been on developing the internal capacity of the organization to allow for future strategic growth. Diane’s long tenure in the non-profit community brings expertise in fund raising, board & volunteer management, strategic planning and working with program staff to develop impactful programs. She has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience supporting local Los Angeles youth and education initiatives. She previously worked for Options – A Child Care and Human Services Agency as their Director of Community Relations. In addition to managing a capital campaign that raised almost $2M to build a preschool serving very low-income families, she was accountable for media relations, marketing/fund raising and legislative advocacy. She previously worked with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, Child and Family Guidance Clinic, CSU Dominguez Hills and the Los Angeles chapter of the American Red Cross. Diane earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from California State University and her B.A. in Journalism from the American University in Washington, D.C. She became an entrepreneur in 2005 when she started a publishing company to self-publish her books which currently sell on her website along with popular book stores. Diane is the mom to three school-aged children and in her spare time coaches multiple athletic teams along with leading a troop of lovely tween-age girls as they continue their Girl Scouting adventures. Diane joined ECHO in 2013.

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Vacant | Program Director

This position is currently vacant.


Suzanne Elizondo, M.S., R.D.| Director of Community Engagement

As the Director of Community Engagement, Suzanne is accountable for building partnerships to grow public awareness and funding opportunities for Project ECHO’s programs. Her focus is to create organizational visibility and sustainability by implementing a wide array of strategies, including corporate sponsorships, special events, and social media campaigns.  In addition to supporting Project ECHO, Suzanne is a registered dietitian, teaching nutrition and non-profit management courses at the California State University, Los Angeles and UCLA Extension.  She has more than 10 years of experience generating excitement and revenue bases for government agencies and non-profit organizations in Los Angeles County. If you’d like to become involved with Project ECHO, connect with Suzanne and she’ll help find the right committee for you!  Suzanne joined the ECHO team in 2016.

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Joy Kliewer, Ph. D. | Director of Philanthropy

Joy Kliewer, Ph.D., will be overseeing Project Echo’s individual giving and donor cultivation efforts, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board. Joy has spent the last two decades in leadership in the nonprofit, arts, and education sectors. Her focus and passion is innovative and entrepreneurial programs and philanthropy. Joy’s appointments in nonprofit leadership include serving as Development Director at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, Director of Advancement at Mirman School for Gifted Children, and Director of Institutional Advancement at Fountain Valley School of Colorado. She previously was Associate Vice President for Advancement at Pitzer College, and Director of Alumni and Donor Relations at Claremont Graduate University, where she received her Ph.D. in Higher Education. Joy holds an M.A. in Education from UCLA, and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She is author of the book, The Innovative Campus: Nurturing the Distinctive Learning Environment (American Council on Education/Greenwood Press). Joy joined Project ECHO in 2016.

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Matilda Albano, M. Ed.| Development & Communications Associate

In her position supporting Project ECHO’s Development and Communications, Matilda is accountable for managing  a lot of stuff!


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Joanna Tejeda| Communications and Development Intern

Project ECHO is proud to welcome Joanna Tejeda as its Communications and Development Intern. In this role, Joanna is developing skills in community outreach, public relations, marketing, social media marketing and publications.  Ms. Tejeda is currently a Junior at Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. She’s not just involved in the classroom; she’s a part of their club soccer team and volunteers as a Teacher’s Assistant. She is an alum of Reseda High School and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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