Diane joined Grassroots Solutions as a project manager in 2009 and was promoted to senior project manager in August 2014. In her role at the firm, Diane manages organizing, evaluation, and training projects for a broad range of clients, including nonprofit, electoral, corporate, and governmental organizations, such as United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Minnesota Private College Council, Ohio Education Association, Second Harvest Heartland, and American Association for Justice. Diane has a particular (some would say incredibly nerdy) passion for incorporating collaborative leadership and coalition-building into her work.
Diane also brings to her work with Grassroots Solutions years of experience and expertise in public health along with an issue focus on the environment. A partial list of clients from these sectors includes: American Heart Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention, HealthPartners, Minnesota Ambulatory Health Care Consortium, Minnesota Department of Health, National Wildlife Federation, and Sierra Club.
Previously, Diane coordinated a community advocacy campaign to advance the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, a statewide smoke-free workplace policy protecting Minnesotans from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. She has consulted on a variety of public health and tobacco control initiatives for clients including the East Metro Medical Society, Street Factory Media, and the Emerging Leaders Network.
Diane was selected as a 2013 German Marshall Memorial Fellow, named one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans in 2008 by the Minnesota Junior Chamber, and served as a 2006-2007 Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow. Diane also serves on the board of directors for the Citizens League and the Minnesota Humanities Center, and leads a network of emerging leaders committed to building relationships, trust, and a shared vision for Minnesota at www.MinnesotaRising.org. She is trained in the Art of Hosting and is a frequent facilitator and speaker on topics including women’s leadership, diversity, emerging leaders, and civic engagement.