Diana Fried, M.Ac., L.Ac., M.A. NCCAOM Dipl. Ac. – President

Diana Fried is the founder and Executive Director of Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB), which she founded in 2005. She has initiated AWB’s disaster work and herself worked in disaster settings worldwide, trained or supervised thousands of trainees globally as part of AWB’s sustainable development programs, and envisioned and fostered AWB’s Community Clinic, World Healing Exchange and Advanced Training programs. Diana Fried has many years of experience and training in emotional/trauma healing work, along with years of work in international grassroots community development (Oxfam America, Grassroots International), including travel and work in Mexico, Central America, Asia and Africa. She graduated from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture with an M.Ac. (1999), and is a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist trained by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and a certified Qigong Instructor. She has studied traditional medicine of Mexico and the Southwest (Curanderismo) and is a graduate of the Buddhist chaplaincy at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. Diana is also a video producer, writer, meditation practitioner, and has worked as a media consultant. Diana received her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from Bowdoin College and her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin/ Institute of Latin American Studies.