Diana Pallais leads our work in international development. Photo: courtesy of Diana Pallais.
Diana Pallais is PATH’s director for International Development, overseeing our global network of country programs and providing strategic leadership, performance management, and program support.
Prior to joining PATH in 2014, Dr. Pallais served more than 14 years at the Microsoft Corporation, most recently leading Microsoft’s global marketing relationship with Dell. As managing director of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector for three years, Dr. Pallais founded the company’s initiative for commercially viable public-private partnerships, bringing together more than 200 successful partnerships worldwide. Her work helped drive innovation in public service delivery and digital access that reached more than seven million people in developing countries and made technology access to underserved citizen segments a vector in economic development goals.
Dr. Pallais has served as an instructor in the Department of Political Science and the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and as a policy analyst and diplomatic negotiator in Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is a fellow with the University of Washington’s Center for Communications and Civic Engagement.
A contributor to numerous nonprofit and social innovation organizations, Diana currently serves as a partner at Social Venture Partners and supporting partner of the Initiative for Global Development. She also has served as an executive committee member at Global Washington and board member at Partners in Health.
Dr. Pallais holds a PhD in political science with a specialty in economic development from the University of Washington. She is originally from Nicaragua and is fluent in Spanish and English.