Diane Branch '86 MSHP
Diane Branch has more than twenty years of experience in real estate advising senior leadership from for-profit, not-for-profit, and government sectors on legal and business transaction matters.
She is currently practicing real estate law in New York State. Diane has served as a Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle, responsible for leasing transactions for Fortune 500 clients. As an Associate Vice President at Howard University, Diane led the development and implementation of the Campus Master Plan, which determined real estate development of all land owned by the University.
Before joining Howard University, Diane was the District of Columbia’s Project Manager for Tax Increment Financing, where she managed the District’s issuance of over $150 Million in Bond Financing. The Gallery Place and Mandarin Hotel TIF Bonds were responsible for the early revitalization of downtown DC.
Diane has earned an MA in educational psychology from New York University, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an MS in real estate development from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Diane has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Howard University.
Diane has worked as in-house counsel at Hertz Corporation and the NYC Off-Track Racing Authority.
Diane is an alumni co-author of the Columbia University 2020 Seed Grant Award: Building an Anti-racist and Equitable Context for Black Students in Columbia’s M.Sc. Real Estate Development Program.