Whatton, Diane

Board Chair

Executive Committee Member

Past: Governance Committee Co-Chair, Board Vice President

Board Member Since 2006

Head, Community Giving

BMO Harris Bank

Diane Whatton heads Community Giving for BMO Harris Bank. In this role, she has responsibility for the bank’s philanthropic strategy and governance across the US footprint. Diane manages a team whose community partnerships span a diverse spectrum of nonprofits, and whose work includes corporate donations, charitable sponsorships, and executive board placements.

Prior to joining Community Giving, Diane worked in Treasury Management Sales for 13 years at BMO, partnering with the Food and Agribusiness and Asset-Based Lending national relationship teams.

A native Californian, Diane has lived and worked in Chicago for over 25 years and considers it home. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory.

A lifelong arts advocate, Diane has served on the board of Lookingglass Theatre since 2006 and is a former board member of Arts Alliance Illinois.

Bio as of 2018