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Moral Courage in the Face of Adversity

President and Executive Director of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, Diane Foley transformed misery into action after the public execution of her son, conflict journalist James W. Foley. She discusses her work as an advocate for journalists’ safety and for the freedom of all Americans held hostage or unlawfully detained around the world. Diane Foley’s talk is a response to the exhibition question “What do you consider the greatest depth of misery?”

Featured Speaker: Diane Foley

About Diane Foley
Diane M. Foley is the mother of five children, including American freelance conflict journalist James W. Foley. She founded the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation in September 2014, less than a month after his public execution. Diane is currently serving as the President and Executive Director of JWFLF.

Since 2014, she has led JWFLF efforts to fund the start of Hostage US and the international Alliance for a Culture of Safety, ACOS. In 2015, she actively participated in the National Counterterrorism Center hostage review which culminated in the Presidential Policy Directive-30. This directive re-organized US efforts on behalf of Americans taken hostage abroad into an interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs and a White Hostage Response Group.

Previously, Diane worked as a community health nurse and then as a family nurse practitioner for 18 years. She received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.

Made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities.