Diaz Dixon

System Vice President, 
Strategic Philanthropy Initiatives
CommonSpirit Health Foundation

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Diaz Dixon is the System Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy Initiatives for CommonSpirit Health Foundation and CommonSpirit Health Philanthropy. In his role, Diaz works closely with CommonSpirit clinical and program leaders to raise awareness and secure funding support for health equity, social justice, and diversity programs. Diaz serves as the foundation’s spokesperson to granters and donors and oversees the day-to-day operations. Diaz also works to build strong relationships with leaders from our 80+ local fundraising entities to ensure we raise funds for health equity throughout all our regions.

Diaz has a long history as a successful leader, fundraising and advocating for those in need. Before joining CommonSpirit he served as the CEO of Eddy House, a multi-complex facility for homeless and at-risk youth, where he  raised millions in funding to grow the organization and provide housing, workforce development, health services and other needed support. Prior to joining Eddy House, Diaz served 14 years as the CEO of STEP2, a nonprofit organization committed to breaking the cycle of addiction and violence in families. At STEP2, he led highly successful fundraising and operational initiatives to build a multi-million-dollar campus.

Diaz has been a highly respected community advocate for decades. He served for four years on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, six years as the Treasurer of the Nevada Alliance for Addictive Disorders, and four years consulting for the Cultural Competency and Diversity Network in Washington, DC under President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative.

Diaz received his master’s degree in education and counseling from University of Iowa and his bachelor’s degree in social psychology from the University of Nevada. He is a highly sought after speaker on the topics of diversity and leadership, and delivered a stirring Ted Talk, “Perception is Reality.”