WPI Local Class of 2020 – LA Doula Team
Diamond Lee, MSW, ACSW is a racial equity advocate, trainer, and clinician. Her academic and professional career has focused on applying a racial equity framework to a range of system change efforts including, criminal justice reform, Black infant and maternal health, mental health, and other social problems. Diamond has extensive experience managing a portfolio of projects that leverage government, philanthropic, and community resources to advance racial justice. She has facilitated the development and implementation of a racial equity agenda for several teams and initiatives including the application of a racial equity framework to the Los Angeles County Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative, South Los Angeles Regional Center, and Los Angeles County Health Services.
Among her most proud accomplishments to date is playing an integral role in the African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative. AAIMM is a government and community partnership that seeks to address the unacceptably high rates of Black infant and maternal deaths in Los Angeles County. Her contributions to AAIMM include: founder/former co-lead of the South Los Angeles/South Bay AAIMM Community Action Team, Policy and Advocacy Workgroup co-chair, and member of the WPI team that led to the passage of a policy to expand doula services in Los Angeles County.
Diamond is currently transitioning into a role leading maternal health equity work for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and is a clinical therapist trainee at Open Paths Counseling Center. She received her M.S.W. from the University of Southern California and her B.A. in English and History from Emory University.