For Oakland’s Dimond District to be a vibrant, safe, and beautiful place for everyone to live, work, shop, and play.
We are a community-based, non-profit organization, with membership and participation open to all. We bring together residents, businesses, agencies, and other groups to engage in collective efforts to beautify our neighborhood, promote a thriving commercial district, improve public safety, and build a stronger sense of community and belonging.
Inclusiveness: We seek diversity on our board and in community involvement, with openness to all voices and interests.
Respect: We treat each other, and the community, with consideration and kindness.
Collaboration: We prize teamwork, transparency, and the sharing of opportunities to shape our work.
Leadership: We each take initiative and responsibility for aspects of the organization, and aim to inspire each other and the community to make a difference.
Impact: We focus on making significant and meaningful contributions to the community, continually assessing and improving our effectiveness.
Involvement Builds Community
The Dimond Improvement Association has many committees and projects to benefit the community. Take a look at our Projects & Committees page and see what might interest you! There are opportunities to volunteer from once a year to once a week.
Serving on Our Board
If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact our chair, Ryan Romaneski, at RyanR@DimondNews.org. Our board election takes place every April, with nominations open several months in advance. New board members may also be appointed by the board at other times of the year if there are vacancies. See more about joining the board.
- Our board meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at the Dimond Branch Public Library at 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, CA, 7-9pm. (Note: During the pandemic, the board is meeting via Zoom.) Committee meetings take place as determined by the individual committees.
- The public is invited to our board meetings. If you would like to request an item added to the agenda, please email our chair, Ryan Romaneski, at RyanR@DimondNews.org.
- Board meeting minutes are posted to the website approximately one month after the meeting, following board review and approval. See elsewhere on this page for minutes dating back to 2015, when we became an incorporated nonprofit.
DIA General Meetings are held approximately five times a year, on the first Wednesdays of Feburary, April, June, August, and October, unless otherwise announced. The meetings are typically at the Dimond Branch Public Library, 7-9pm. See the Events Calendar for upcoming meetings and topics. Note: During the pandemic, general meetings are being held virtually via Zoom.