Diana Morris is director of the Open Places Initiative, a new place-based initiative that the Open Society Foundations has launched, which is making long-term investments in Buffalo, Puerto Rico, and San Diego. Morris is also the director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore, a field office Open Society established in 1997 to understand and address the local and state social and economic dynamics at play that impede opportunity and justice.
From 1991 to 1997, she served as the executive director of the Blaustein Philanthropic Group, a set of eight family foundations based in Baltimore which 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 and acting representative (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.