|About Diane “Dede” Shaff|
|Birth||January 21, 1949|
|Spouse||Kenneth Feinberg (June 29, 1975 - now)|
|Children||Michael Feinberg, Leslie Feinberg, Andrew Feinberg|
|Parents||Marian Shaff, Shepard Shaff|
|Affiliation||Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, United Israel Appeal|
|Alumni||Fairleigh Dickinson University|
|Worked for||G. A. Saxton & Co.|
Kenneth Feinberg is best known as the appointed Special Master of the U.S. government’s September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, among other high-profile compensation panels. His work is at the focus of the new Netflix movie Worth. This biopic starring Michael Keaton as Feinberg brings attention to the attorney’s family in real life. Many ask who Kenneth Feinberg’s wife is. Diane Shaff is active in the Jewish community in D.C., but is otherwise very low-key. It provokes a lot of curiosity about her background and their marriage, which we reveal details on here.
Diane Shaff’s Family
Diane “Dede” Shaff was born on January 21, 1949, to Marian Shaff and Shepard Shaff. Her family was based in New Jersey and New York.
Diane’s parents were divorced, and her father had remarried. Her father Shepard passed away in 2009, while her mother Marian passed away in 2012. They are survived by their children, Ilene Kellert, Dede Feinberg, and Elizabeth Sobo; their children’s spouses; and their grandchildren.
Shepard is also survived by a stepson, Jorge Anday. His daughter Kathy Fallenius died in 2014.
Marian was a writer and the founder of the New Jersey Cultural Calendar of Events carried in The New York Times and The Star-Ledger for over a decade. Dede’s sister Elizabeth was a famous ballet soloist and is now executive director of the New Jersey company 10 Hairy Legs.
Diane Shaff’s Career
Diane Shaff graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1970. She went on to become a stockbroker in Manhattan.
When she married Kenneth Feinberg, she was a branch office coordinator with the brokerage firm G. A. Saxton & Co. She also briefly taught in the public school system.
In recent years, Shaff has been active in the Jewish community. She served on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the board of the United Israel Appeal.
Diane Shaff and Kenneth Feinberg’s Relationship
Massachusetts native Feinberg graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and studied law at NYU. He then worked as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan.
It was there that he was set up on a blind date with stockbroker Shaff. Feinberg didn’t make the best first impression when he arrived two hours late to the date thanks to a meeting with then-Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski.
Although late, he did manage to meet Shaff. His insistence and charm made up for the lack of punctuality.
“I had never met anyone with that much personality,” Shaff said about their first encounter.
After getting engaged in April 1975, Kenneth Feinberg and Diane Shaff married on June 29, 1975, in New York. They moved to Washington, D.C., soon after, and are currently based in Bethesda, Maryland.
Diane Shaff and Kenneth Feinberg’s Children
Diane and Kenneth Feinberg are parents to three children—Michael, Leslie, and Andrew Feinberg.
The eldest son, Michael, is an NYU alum and attorney. He briefly worked as a law clerk for Judge Harold Baer Jr. Michael married Taryn Siegelberg, a director of admissions at Admit NY, in 2005.
Their only daughter, Leslie, graduated from Georgetown and Harvard. She was a policy advisor to then-Senator John F. Kerry. She is currently in Boston, where she is a director of government relations and education for the Red Sox foundation Home Base.