What does “rural” mean to Diane Arvizo? It means working hard and taking care of one another. It means small-town values with some big-time heart. It means affording Nevadans from every corner of the state the opportunity to own a home – at last. Diane is a country girl at heart. Raised on a Southern California dairy farm, Diane not only embodies the work ethic and values of small-town America, she is committed to supporting the rural lifestyle through her leadership of the award-winning Home At Last™ homeownership programs for the Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA). In NRHA, Diane has found a mission, vision and values that are in direct alignment with hers: to make responsible homeownership an affordable option for all rural Nevadans.
Diane joined NRHA as Director of Homeownership Programs in 2015 after serving as the Single-Family Housing Specialist at USDA Rural Development. Her diverse expertise comes from over 30 years of experience working with high-performing teams in the home financing, loan servicing, real estate and community development fields. With an A-to-Z understanding of the home-buying process, Diane recognizes that comprehensive homebuyer education is the cornerstone to creating successful new homeowners.
Diane believes homeownership programs should be designed to meet changing market conditions and a community’s evolving needs. Through her leadership, and because of her team’s individual strengths and diversity, the Home At Last™ program has been recognized for its innovation with two NALHFA Single-Family Housing Excellence awards in 2016 and 2018. And it’s because of her ability to build strong and strategic partnerships throughout the industry that the Home At Last™ programs have continued to be a vital resource for thousands of Nevadans dreaming of homeownership.
Diane also serves as the vice president of the Board of Directors for Nevada Rural Housing Inc., a nonprofit affiliated with NRHA, focused on addressing affordable housing development needs throughout the rural parts of the state.
Diane has called northern Nevada home for most of her life, and it is here that she and her husband, Dave have raised their four children. A proud military family, Diane’s son serves as a captain in the U.S. Army and her eldest daughter is an airman first class in the U.S. Air Force. When not working, you’ll likely find Diane cheering on her youngest daughter during a volleyball match, enjoying outdoor activities with their middle daughter, or just hanging out with their fur babies.