Diane Kahn brings more than two decades of leadership and experience as a teacher and a social justice advocate to her work with HoSQ. For the past six years, Kahn has been teaching men inside San Quentin to attain their high school diplomas. She presently co-directs the prison’s Academic Peer Education Project (APEP) providing teacher training for incarcerated men to educate and mentor their peers. In 2017 she successfully helped drive the Rehabilitative Achievement Credit approval process in the state of California enabling participants of programs like APEP to earn time off their parole date. Diane holds an MA from the University of San Francisco’s School of Education (SOE), where she served as Women in Leadership and Philanthropy board member and SOE Dean’s Circle member. Diane currently serves as a volunteer board member for MarinHealth and the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) of Tamalpais Union High School District.
Diane is continuously overwhelmed by the vulnerability and emotional intelligence the men bring to each class and reveal to each other. She feels compelled to share the stories and the lives she meets on the inside with the outside world.