ATF Celebrates Women’s History Month: Diane Woods

Diane WoodsDiane Woods is the chief of the Fleet Management Section within the Office of Management’s Property and Logistics Division, a position she has held since 2014. She is responsible for procurement and also develops policies and procedures to control and manage ATF-owned and GSA-leased vehicles, accidents, postage and mail security. 

Woods started her career in 1988 as a printing specialist for the U.S. Customs Service. She transferred to ATF in 1991, initially working as a printing specialist and later promoting to team lead and then chief of ATF’s Materiel Management Operations Center, prior to her current position.

Importance of Diverse Voices in Law Enforcement

Woods believes it’s important for women to join the federal workforce because it promotes equality and inclusivity and allows for different perspectives. “Women bring unique perspectives, solutions, talents and life experiences that are all valuable and should be revered,” said Woods. “Diversity and inclusivity are essential for building trust and legitimacy, ensuring that all members of society are treated with dignity and respect.”

Reflecting on Women’s History Month

“I am African American. I take inspiration from all the strong, independent women of my family who raised me and made me who I am today,” said Woods. “Women, particularly Black women, have always had to make a way out of no way. I believe women should speak their minds and not be limited by societal gender expectations.”

Woods believes it’s important to recognize women for their contributions and feels society gets better for everyone when women’s rights are upheld and taken seriously. “Let your voice be heard. Speak up because others may not know what you know, so use it as a possibility to educate yourself and broaden your horizons,” she said. She also advises women to “stand up for someone to show you care, demonstrate your support and help those in need.”

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