Since 1981, Human Options has been working to end domestic violence and foster healthy relationships in Orange County. Our mission is boldly lived out thanks in part to our passionate board of directors, led by newly appointed Board President Diane W. Biagianti. Diane is also Vice President, Chief Responsibility Officer at Edwards Lifesciences LLC.
“I was drawn to support Human Options because it is unique in that it not only provides emergency shelter, but also helps the family by surrounding them with comprehensive services– through counseling, advocacy and partnerships within the community, over extended periods of time,” Diane says. “Surrounding the family with these resources provides them with a significantly greater chance of independence and freedom from violence in the future.”
A board member since 2010, Diane previously served as vice president, as well as governance committee chair and 2018 Serious Fun Gala Co-Chair. She has been instrumental in fostering the philanthropic efforts between Edwards and Human Options. Each December, the Edwards Corporate Responsibility, Legal and Critical Care Global Marketing teams participates in several hands-on volunteer projects including decorating our emergency shelter, adopting client families to fulfill wishes, as well as hosting holiday boutiques.
In 2017 and 2018, during Diane’s leadership, Edwards was recognized among the World’s Most Ethical Companies, 100 Best Corporate Citizens and America’s Most Just Companies. Most recently, Diane received the prestigious 2018 Warren Christopher Values Award, one of O’Melveny & Myers most significant honors that recognizes those who live the firm’s core values of excellence, leadership and superior citizenship.
Previous work experiences include Advanced/Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Experian Information Solutions, Inc. and O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1991 and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Business Administration in 1984. She is also a certified public accountant, previously licensed to practice in Arizona.