310.251.8636 dquast@projectecho.org

Staff

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.

emailDiane Quast | dquast@projectecho.org

Matilda Albano, M.Ed.| Program Director

Project ECHO is proud to promote Matilda Albano to the position of Program Director. Matilda has a long tenure in education and was first a classroom teacher for two decades before moving into educational administration.  She continues to serve as a recruitment executive for a private academy for gifted students where she expertly evaluates students abilities and identifies student potential in the classroom.  In her role as Program Director, Matilda works directly with teachers and their students to on-board them into the Project ECHO program, match MBA and executive level mentors with each classroom, and ensure teachers have the resources available to implement the Project ECHO program efficiently in their classroom.

emailMatilda Albano | malbano@projectecho.org

Barry Snyder | Chief Philanthropy Officer

As Project ECHO’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, Barry Snyder is focused on fundraising, strategic partnerships and sponsorships that support the organization’s programs, operations and expansion goals. Barry Snyder is a respected senior executive management leader who’s skillset includes business management, digital technology, media, entertainment, content creation, intellectual property development and nonprofit fundraising. Barry began his career at large corporate Studio’s including Sony-Columbia/Tri-Star and Warner Bros. He then became an entrepreneur by launching his own media and entertainment company, MediaMine, which works with content owners to help them create unrealized value with their legacy assets. Barry has spent a considerable amount of time in the education arena, as an adjunct professor on faculty at my alma mater, Indiana University’s west coast satellite, UCLA’s Extension Program and as a guest lecturer at USC teaching and writing about Media, Entertainment, publicity and marketing and Technology. He an active member of YPO/WPO, one of the most influential and dynamic business groups in the world where he has built an extensive network with corporate, media, entertainment, technology, private equity and venture capital leaders locally and nationwide. His digital media background provides a unique perspective about the importance of increasing accessibility to STEM education programs so students can compete in the evolving global economy. As Chief Philanthropy Officer for WorkingNation, Barry focused on fundraising to heighten awareness of the need for innovative higher education community engagement, scholarships, trade and certificate and counseling and mentorship programs with the goal of creating a “path to success” career guidance after graduation.

emailBarry Snyder | Bsynder@projectecho.org

Carl Sanders | Marketing and Public Relations Intern

Carl is a senior at Indiana University where he is completing his education to receive a B.A. in Media Advertising and a minor in Marketing. During his college tenure he has already started his own social media company in addition to completing internships with major brands where he has gained experience developing and managing marketing campaigns, growing brand equity and engagement, and delivering solutions effectively increase brand awareness. Upon graduation, Carl hope to launch a full-service digital marketing agency where he’ll help social media Influencers and entrepreneurs make an impact in their businesses through creative storytelling resulting in a powerful social media presence. In his spare time, Carl loves serving in the youth ministry at his local church. “I’m excited to be apart Project ECHO and the opportunity to shift the dynamics of what a nonprofit looks like!”

emailCarl Sanders | Media@projectecho.org

Kat Marx | Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Kat Marx is a USC MBA student interested in a career in early-stage venture capital. She focuses her studies at USC Marshall in financial analysis & valuation and entrepreneurship. Her career passion lies in venture capital investing, as the energy of the startup ecosystem has always matched her own. She graduated from the University of Michigan in the top ten percent of her class with a BA in Sociology and Entrepreneurship, which positioned her with a unique perspective on financial services. She enjoys being on the Project ECHO team, weight lifting, working with adults who have developmental disabilities, writing, and impact investing.

emailKat Marx | KMarx@projectecho.org