Diana Rhoten

Diana Rhoten
Associate Partner, IDEO

Diana Rhoten, Ph.D. is an Associate Partner based in IDEO’s NY office. She works with organizations to reimagine who they are, what they do, and how they do it. Drawn to big challenges, she actively helps IDEO and its clients effect change at scale through the design of new businesses, ventures, and partnerships.

Diana has worked in and across business, government, and philanthropy, exploring the potential for organizations to innovate with both social and economic impact. Toward this end, she has helped R&D labs discover the power of interdisciplinary collaboration to generate breakthrough solutions in sustainability. She has helped catalyze new education markets by creating partnerships to accelerate startups building digital learning solutions as well as networks to support schools and non-profits seeking to adopt them. She has also designed and launched new entities within large-scale organizations as diverse as corporations like News Corp and government agencies such as the National Science Foundation.

Diana was also a cofounder of the Hybrid Vigor Institute in San Francisco, an assistant professor at Stanford University School of Education, and a policy analyst and advisor for former Massachusetts Governor William Weld. She has published in numerous academic journals and co-authored several manuscripts, including Knowledge Matters: The Transformation of Public Research University and Digital Media and Technology in Afterschool Programs, Libraries, and Museums. She has a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Stanford University, as well as an M.Ed. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Brown University. She is both a Fulbright Scholar and a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer.

Today, Diana is thinking hard about questions like: What are the shifting roles of business, government, and philanthropy in society? How can brands create new offers and experiences that inspire broader social change? How might we design purpose-driven platforms and networks to scale such change more effectively?