Diana C. Banks currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training in the Office of the Under Secretary for Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this role, she develops policies and plans, provides oversight, and makes recommendations for military training and education. This includes education initiatives such as joint professional military education, military participation in voluntary education programs such as Tuition Assistance and Troops to Teachers, and the National Security Education Program. She is also responsible for policy and oversight of financial readiness, including force education on the new Blended Retirement System, and coordinates with external agencies to develop a financially educated force. She also serves as the Defense Senior Language Authority.
Before this role, Ms. Banks served as the Special Assistant for Personnel and Readiness to the Secretary ofDefense and as a Special Assistant to the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. She directly supported both principals on key personnel issues including initiatives on talent recruitment, retention, and permeability; the women in service review; sexual assault prevention and response; and Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs collaboration. She also advised and played a key coordination role on LBGT and diversity issues. Previously, she served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. In that role, Ms. Banks was the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary, coordinated significant decisions across DoD organizations, and provided oversight on key Army acquisition matters.
Ms. Banks began her career in private law practice as an associate in King Spalding LLP's Atlanta headquarters office. Her practice there focused on serving Fortune 100 clients with analysis and counsel for regulatory and securities compliance, internal investigations, complex commercial litigation, and class action defense. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. She is the daughter of a retired United States Army Sergeant First Class and a factory custodial worker, and a native of Columbus, Georgia. She currently lives in Washington, DC.