Diane Dewhirst brings more than 30 years of experience in the national legislative policy and political arenas to the National Endowment for the Arts. She served in the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi for more than 15 years, most recently as deputy chief of staff, where she managed a portfolio that included women’s economic agenda and intergovernmental affairs, and served as liaison to the House Democratic Women's Caucus. She represented Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives with an array of leading national cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress, National Archives, and National Gallery of the Art, as well as entities across the country. Prior to her work in the House of Representatives, Dewhirst served as an independent consultant for organizations that include the Smithsonian, Children's Defense Fund, Center for Budget Policy and Priorities, and the Alliance for Justice. Dewhirst began her Capitol Hill career in the office of Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-ME), where she served as communications director and national spokesperson. Prior to her experience on Capitol Hill, she served at the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, ABC News, and the Democratic National Committee.