Diane Porter

 Diane Porter She/Her/Hers

Jefferson County Public School Lifetime Educator

Life’s work as an inclusive leader in the field of education and civic life.

During her 39 years of service to Jefferson County Public Schools, Diane Porter served as a teacher, counselor, principal, and central office administrator. Ms. Porter’s focus was always dedicated to advocacy of all students and their families. Previously, Diane Porter served on the Jefferson County Board of Education as the representative for District 1.

Ms. Porter was first appointed to the school board in June 2010. She served as the board’s chair from January 2011-2014, January 2015 - January 2017 and was re-elected again January 2018 until she resigned in 2023. September 2020 Governor Andy Beshear appointed her to serve on the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. A life-long resident of District 1, Ms. Porter herself is a product of Jefferson County, Kentucky’s public schools graduating from JCPS and the University of Louisville.

Diane Porter has served on the Chestnut Street Branch YMCA Black Achievers Celebration Committee and is a life member of both the Louisville Urban League and the NAACP. Besides serving on the school board, she serves her community on the Boards of the Fund for the Arts, Louisville Urban League and Leadership Louisville where she was selected to the 2014 class of Leadership Louisville’s Bingham Fellows. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Louisville (KY) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

Ms. Porter’s most cherished role was that of parent to her only child, Alysia Danielle (Dani) Porter, who left this earth far too soon, but not without a long and impactful legacy of love, friendship, and service to everyone she met.