Executive Director

Wharton Studio Museum - Ithaca NY, Silent Film History

Diana Riesman
Executive Director/Co-Founder
Riesman manages the day-to-day operations of WSM and oversees all of the organization’s events, programming and exhibits, as well as fundraising and community outreach.  A former Los Angeles-based screenwriter and development executive, Riesman most recently served as co-producer of award-winning radio programs To The Point, Which Way, LA?, Good Food, and Hollywood Wrap for NPR affiliate KCRW in Santa Monica, CA.

Riesman is a founding member and now serves as Chair of the Board of Friends of Stewart Park, a local nonprofit organization committed to the revitalization of Stewart Park, Ithaca’s main waterfront park where the former Wharton Studio building is located. In 2004, Riesman founded The Nest, a pre-school program now in its thirteenth year of operation and in 2014, she completed her third term as a Trustee in the Village of Cayuga Heights.

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