Diane Robinson Knapp received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human nutrition and education from Cornell University. She worked for 25 years as a Registered Dietitian in clinical dietetics and food services at several hospitals in New York and California, including Children’s Hospital, Oakland, where she served as director of clinical nutrition.
In 1994, Ms. Knapp moved with her family to Baltimore County, Maryland and took on the roles of sheep farmer and volunteer. Among her volunteer leadership activities, she served as president of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, overseeing their travels to Japan, Estonia, Russia, Austria and the Czech Republic.
In 2007, she moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband Steven Knapp when he became president of the George Washington University. Her many activities at GW have included serving on the university’s Sustainability Task Force and chairing its Urban Food Task Force.
She and Dr. Knapp have two adult children and reside with their dog Ruffles at the F Street House, where they share a commitment to maintaining the historic Foggy Bottom Campus property as a centerpiece for dynamic university life.