Diana Tate Vermeire
Diana Tate Vermeire is the Racial Justice Initiative Director at the ACLU of Northern California, where she works to strengthen the knowledge, partnerships, and impact of the ACLU in advancing racial justice and equity across issue areas and throughout the region.
Diana is an attorney with extensive non-profit and private practice experience that includes a wide range of litigation and policy advocacy work across issues, including First Amendment rights, voting rights, employment law, education equity, criminal justice, and police practices.
Prior to returning to the ACLU-NC in 2016, Diana’s legal experience has included both non-profit and private practice work. Diana began her career at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP specializing in media and First Amendment law as well as corporate counseling on employment matters. She then transitioned to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area as the staff attorney for the African-American Agenda and supervised the Tuesday Night Legal Services Clinic and LCCR’s education equity work. In 2007, Diana joined the ACLU-NC, where she served as the racial justice project director utilizing a combination of litigation, legislative, and other legal advocacy, public education, and organizing strategies to advance the cause of civil rights for communities of color. Diana returned to private practice in 2012 when she joined GableGotwals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, initially of counsel and later as a shareholder, where she represented clients in a wide variety of legal matters, including federal and state court litigation and administrative and regulatory proceedings.
Diana is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she received her B.A. in Sociology, and of Georgetown University Law Center, where she received her Juris Doctorate. Diana has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, The Journal Record, and Tulsa World. She has also authored several reports and conducted numerous seminars.