Mariano Diaz is the Western Regional Vice President for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) responsible for LISC operations in Los Angeles, the San Francisco/Bay Area, San Diego, Washington State, Phoenix, and Houston. Prior he worked for the San Diego Foundation where he was responsible for the strategic planning, implementation of community improvement programs and supporting grants in the areas of human services; science and technology; environment; arts and culture; and civil society. Prior to that, Diaz was global director for the Nike Foundation and community affairs operations. Diaz was Owner/principal of Esme & Associates. Mariano earned a masters from Harvard University and a bachelors from the University of California, Santa Barbara.