Diane joined grassroots solutions as a project manager in 2009. She manages organizing, evaluation, and training projects for clients such as HealthPartners, Sierra Club, The Organizing Group, Haberman, Bush Foundation, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and LSN Partners. Diane has a particular (some would say incredibly nerdy) passion for incorporating collaborative leadership and coalition-building into her work.
Previously, Diane managed a local grassroots education and advocacy campaign to advance the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, a statewide smoke-free workplace policy protecting Minnesota workers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Her background in public health and tobacco control includes work with the East Metro Medical Society, Street Factory Media, Global Justice, and Target Market, Minnesota’s grassroots anti-corporate tobacco industry youth movement.
Diane serves on the boards of directors for the Citizens League, Kids ‘n Kinship, and the Minnesota Public Health Association. She was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans in 2008 by the Minnesota Junior Chamber and served as a 2006-2007 Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow. When she’s not running adventure races, globe-trotting, or playing softball with the Unprocessed Fishsticks, Diane blogs about active citizenship, emerging leadership, and the Millennial generation at http://www.MinnesotaRising.org.