Diana L. Morris, JD, is the director of the Open Society Institute–Baltimore. From 1991 to 1997, she served as the executive director of the Blaustein Philanthropic Group, a set of eight family foundations based in Baltimore that awards local, national, and international grants.
Previously, Morris was a program officer at the Ford Foundation, first for refugee and migrant rights (1982–1987) and then for human rights and social justice for Eastern and Southern Africa (1987–1990). Morris began her career as an attorney-adviser for human rights and refugee matters in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Department of State.
She holds an AB from Smith College and a JD from Boston University and is a member of the New York State Bar. Morris served as president of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers from 1996 to 2000 and was a member of its board from 1994 to 2001. She is a member of the board of directors of the Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems and the chair of the board of the Safe and Sound Campaign. She was named to The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland in 1999 and 2001. Morris is a recipient of a Special Recognition Award from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation and a Public Service Award from Boston University Law School.