Diana Mendley Rauner

First Lady of Illinois & President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund

Diana Mendley Rauner is president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a public–private partnership serving at-risk children and their families from before birth to age 5. The Ounce advocates for programs and policies that benefit young children and families, provides training to early childhood professionals in Illinois, and engages in rigorous research and evaluation projects that contribute to best practices throughout the early childhood field. Educare, its birth-to-5 school on Chicago’s South Side, has become a national model for narrowing the academic achievement gap for low-income children. The Ounce, working in partnership with the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, has helped establish an additional twenty-one Educare schools across the country.

Prior to joining the Ounce in 2007, Diana was a senior researcher at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago and an associate at private equity firms in San Francisco and Chicago. Diana holds a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Chicago, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Yale University. Married to Governor Bruce Rauner, Diana serves as the First Lady of Illinois. Diana and Bruce are the proud parents of six children and one son-in-law.