Diane Balma, a breast cancer survivor, joined Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1998, serving as senior counsel and director of public policy. Her responsibilities include providing expert legal advice and counsel to members of the Komen Foundation’s executive team, senior management, and leaders in the Affiliate network, which consists of more than 75,000 volunteers in 116 U.S. cities, as well as in Germany, Greece and Italy. Balma works closely with the Komen Foundation staff, volunteers and the board of directors to fulfill the organization’s mission: to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.
As director of public policy, Balma manages legislative affairs and public policy activities for the Komen Foundation. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in matters regarding breast health care legislation.
In 1995, Balma was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30. She subsequently became an advocate for cancer patients nationwide, specializing in employment discrimination and insurance coverage cases.
Prior to joining the Komen Foundation, Balma was in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1991 through 1996. A graduate of the University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif., Balma received her J.D. from Pacific in 1991 with high honors.