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Lives of Significance

Diane Tomb, C’86

Building Community Through Policy

“I really enjoyed the community that existed at the Mount. I always felt like I was a part of something larger,” says Diane Tomb, C’86. This sense of community must have helped shape her interest in public affairs and housing policy, guiding her to make an impact in her various professional roles. Just recently, Tomb was named chief executive officer of the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry.

Diane Tomb, C'86Her path to the C-suite started at the Mount, where Tomb studied political science and history. She also played soccer, was a member of the college Republicans and worked for a member of Parliament during a study abroad program her junior year—all opportunities she says taught her how to balance and manage multiple tasks.

After graduation, Tomb was chosen to work at the White House during the Ronald Reagan administration in the Office of the Vice President for then-Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush. “I’m convinced that having the experience of living abroad and being a Mount graduate greatly influenced why I was selected for the position.”

That particular role served as a springboard to a career that has empowered many. Tomb continued her work in the White House during the George H.W. Bush administration, and after, served as assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As her career progressed, Tomb became an accomplished executive and entrepreneur, going on to found a D.C.-based public affairs firm in 2003. She later served as president and CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners where she represented members on public policy issues before Congress and the White House. Prior to being named ATLA’s CEO, she was the executive director of the National Rental Home Council.

Tomb currently serves as a commissioner on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, is on the board of directors of MakeRoom, and on the development committee at Holy Trinity Church in Washington, D.C. She has also been a member of the International Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

Whether she’s on Capitol Hill or at a state capitol meeting with elected officials and staff members regarding issues that affect her members, she loves how interesting and diverse her work is every day. “I’m a policy wonk, so I enjoy influencing public policy that benefits both my members and the communities they serve.”

When asked about the values she learned at the Mount, Tomb recalls the valuable friendships and relationships she developed as a student. “Professionally, being surrounded by colleagues who had a strong faith and led values-based lives had a significant influence on me and the choices I made in my career.”