Meet The Team

Diane Hurd

Senior Vice President & Partner

Diane Hurd serves as senior vice president at Inspire and is a leader within the firm as well as being a trusted counselor to many Inspire clients. With more than 16 years of experience, she leads account teams serving major U.S. food companies and restaurants, state and national agriculture organizations, schools, corporations and nonprofits. Her results-oriented approach and deep experience driving strategic media relations, advertising and marketing, and issues management initiatives serves Inspire’s clients well. Hurd is a trusted crisis communications advisor and regularly speaks at conferences across the country on a variety of topics – from crisis preparedness to best practices for effectively communicating organizations’ stories.

Before joining Inspire, Hurd led several account teams and award-winning projects at PR and communications agencies in Columbus, Ohio, focusing on sectors including healthcare, social services, financial and banking, food and agriculture, and hospitality. Hurd earned her master’s degree in business administration from Franklin University and a bachelor's degree in public relations and organizational communication with a specialization in marketing from Capital University. She is passionate about giving back and recently served as president for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Central Ohio Chapter, serves on the Board of Directors for Columbus Speech & Hearing, is a proud member of the 2020 Leadership Columbus class and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador.

When she isn't chasing after her three boys, Diane enjoys volunteering with local community organizations and finding her next marathon to run.

What Inspires Me?

My kids. They inspire me in small and big ways daily – from their big dreams and pure hearts to their honesty and creative spirits. They see joy in so many things and inspire me to be better and do better.