The First Lady

Dianne Cleaver



Dianne Cleaver is a civic leader and community activist who has over 35 years’
experience working in health, human services and education. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Arts in Social Psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Missouri.

Mrs. Cleaver is President & CEO of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, an organization that is one of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Big 5 ideas, formed to help revitalize neighborhoods in the urban core.
She currently serves as Board Chair of Kansas City Neighborhood Academy and on the board of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, as a Trustees of University of Missouri at Kansas City and on Advisory Board Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

She is married to Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and they are the proud parents of four young adults and proud grandparents of five (wonderful) children.