Diana Riesman

Executive Director/Co-Founder

Riesman manages the day-to-day operations of WSM and oversees all of the organization’s events, programming, projects and exhibits, as well as fundraising and community outreach. Riesman is leading WSM’s partnership in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture slated to open in 2019 on the Ithaca Commons, and spearheading efforts to develop the historic Wharton Studio building, in partnership with the City of Ithaca and Friends of Stewart Park.

Riesman is a founding member and now serves as Chair of the Board of Friends of Stewart Park, a nonprofit organization committed to the revitalization of Stewart Park, Ithaca’s main waterfront park where the Wharton Studio building is located.

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.

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.

Riesman is a member of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT).

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