Diana Thu-Thao Rhodes is the Director of Public Policy, where she oversees Advocates’ international, federal and state policy strategy and advocacy efforts on a wide range of reproductive and sexual health/rights/justice issues that affect young people. Since being at Advocates, she has managed the Cultural Advocacy and Mobilization Initiative (CAMI) where she assisted state partners and youth activists in building advocacy strategies and passing proactive sex education policies, including in Colorado and Broward County, Florida; provided policy technical assistance to over 25 state partner organizations and coalitions; as well as leading federal policy work, including direct lobbying and education efforts on the Hill and with the Administration. Her expertise and work at Advocates continues to be working with coalitions, advocates and youth activists on policy analysis, policy advocacy strategy, grassroots campaigns, and youth/adult partnerships.She currently sits as co-chair of the Federal Sex Ed Coalition and serves on the Steering Committee for Take Root: Reproductive Justice in Red States.
Diana has been working in social justice movements for nearly a decade – with both grassroots and grasstops stakeholders – primarily around issues that affect women, young people, communities of color, and the LGTBQ community. Prior to Advocates, Diana worked for the Center for Women Policy Studies, working directly with women state legislators and Members of Parliament, facilitating strategic planning sessions and providing policy technical assistance on women’s human rights. Her passions lie in facilitating and creating intentional spaces for not only social justice, but also for creativity and radical self-expression. She holds an M.A. from George Washington University in Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s Studies, as well as a B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Sociology and Women’s Studies.