Live Twitter Q&A with CSO Diahann Billings-Burford

Join Diahann for her first-ever Live Twitter Q&A! Next Wednesday, she will be on Twitter answering questions about NYC Service, national and citywide volunteerism, her education and career path, and more.

#AskDiahann on Twitter and Facebook

On November 20th from 12:30- 1:30 pm, submit your question by tweeting @NYCService with the hashtag #AskDiahann. You can also submit your question on our Facebook page, NYC Service.

If you are unable to attend the Live Twitter Q&A, submit your question in advance via Twitter or Facebook.

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Read Diahann's biography below to inspire your questions. 

Diahann Billings-Burford serves as the nation’s first-ever municipal Chief Service Officer, charged with leading NYC Service a division of the Mayor’s Office that taps the power of the people to meet pressing challenges. Since its launch in April 2009, NYC Service has engaged over 6.5 million New Yorkers in service. NYC Service meets the Mayor’s State of the City pledge for New York City to lead the way in answering President Obama’s nationwide call to service. NYC Service has three main goals: help more New Yorkers connect to service opportunities more easily, target volunteers to address the city’s greatest needs, and promote service as a core part of what it means to be a citizen in the greatest City in the world. NYC Service initiatives target six impact areas: strengthening communities, helping neighbors in need, education, environment, health, and emergency preparedness. 

Diahann attended Poly Prep through Prep for Prep, a program she credits with giving her the opportunity to attain a life-changing education. A graduate of Yale University, she also holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Prior to her appointment as Chief Service Officer, Diahann focused most of her professional career on improving the quality of educational opportunity in New York City. She served as Deputy Executive Director of External Affairs for City Year New York and as the Director of External Affairs (NY) for Achievement First, a charter school management organization. Diahann spent most of her early career with Prep for Prep, a New York based leadership development organization where she served in various capacities, including Director of College Guidance and Director of Leadership Development Opportunities.

 Diahann is a very proud Brooklyn native and currently lives in the borough with her husband and their two children. Currently, she serves as a board member for the Children’s Aid Society College Preparatory School and buildOn. She is also a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mayor Bloomberg recently appointed as a member of the board of the New York City Housing Authority.