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San Marino Native to Lead Medal of Honor Foundation

Diane Reed Nicholson Named Executive Director of Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s New Los Angeles Office

San Marino native and SMHS graduate Diane Reed Nicholson has been appointed executive director of the Western Region for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

The Foundation’s office is at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles, where local government and business leaders recently attended an opening ceremony for the office.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was chartered by the Recipients of the Medal of Honor in 1999. The Foundation operates nationwide education, recognition and outreach programs to teach all Americans – and especially the youth of America – that they can make a difference in the lives of others if they live by the values embodied in the Medal of Honor: courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism.

“Opening our Western Region office is a giant step for us,” said Ron Rand, Foundation president and CEO. “It enables us, on behalf of the Medal of Honor Recipients we serve, to bring our character development, recognition and outreach programs to millions more Americans. We’re grateful to the Jonathan Club for partnering with us on this exciting endeavor.”

During the opening ceremony, Rand announced that the Foundation will present Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist Edward P. Roski, Jr., the Circle of Honor Award at a gala on Oct. 7 to be held at the Jonathan Club. The Foundation’s highest honor, the Circle of Honor Award pays tribute to American citizens who have made profound contributions to our Nation and way of life through a lifetime of placing others first.

As Executive Director of the Western Region, Nicholson will be responsible for expanding the Foundation’s Medal of Honor Character Development Program into local and regional schools, inspiring people to nominate citizen heroes for the Recipients Citizen Honors Program and participating in fundraising events.

After graduating from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Journalism, Nicholson served as vice president of media relations at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She started her own consulting firm, Diane Reed Communications, nearly 25 years ago, providing public relations and fundraising consulting services to clients including Tiffany & Co., Five Acres, Cushman Realty & Co., and Hillsides Home for Children. Nicholson lives in Pasadena with her husband, Sam, and has two sons: Reed, 25, who works for Microsoft in Seattle and Jack, 23, who works for Stargate Studios in South Pasadena.

“I am truly honored to be working with an organization that recognizes and supports our country’s true heroes: veterans,” Nicholson told The Tribune. “The Medal of Honor recipients are an example of patriotism and courage for everyone and I look forward to my work on behalf of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.”



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