Dianne M. Piché, Esq. is a lawyer and civil servant. She is specialist in gender, racial disparities, and LGBTQ rights.
Lawyer and advocate with many years of experience and success in litigation, dispute resolution and policy development in the areas of civil rights and education reform. As a servant-leader dedicated to two overarching goals: 1) to close opportunity and achievement gaps based on race, family income, national origin, gender and disability status, and 2) to cultivate and celebrate the unique value and potential of all children, by providing high-quality opportunities for them to learn and grow in multiracial and multicultural settings.
She also has significant experience in starting, growing and resourcing organizations and programs and in working on and with boards of directors and advisory committees. Between 2009 and 2010, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Special Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education.; Managed OCR’s extensive docket of desegregation and affirmative action cases. negotiated a settlement agreement in a case involving a new charter school in a school district operating under an OCR desegregation agreement, as well as bringing together disparate factions within the Department to develop guidance to the field spelling out charter schools’ obligations under federal civil rights law.
Prior to 2009, she I litigated several desegregation cases and negotiated settlement agreements that maintained racially diverse schools and promoted an array of schooling options for families. For example, she contributed to several amicus briefs in Supreme Court cases addressing the voluntary use of race to eliminate racial isolation and to promote diversity in schools. While employed as Executive Director of the Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights, she managed and produced in-depth reports addressing school choice, desegregation (including magnet schools), Title I implementation, and related topics.