Community Organizer

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Diane is the community organizer for Statewide Poverty Action Network. In her role, she listens to the stories of people most affected by poverty and the barriers they face, mobilizes community members to talk to their legislators, and promotes equitable policies. She is passionate about anti-racism and non-discrimination.  

Diane has a background working on environmental health and spent three years as a street activist and climate justice organizer. In that role, she worked to raise awareness about how oil industries and pipelines affect indigenous communities, taught nonviolent direct-action techniques, and served as a street medic during rallies and protests. Diane also has extensive volunteer experience with afterschool tutoring programs, with her local food bank, in her local community garden and at PAW’s wildlife rehabilitation center.  

She moved to Washington state from Arizona in the 90’s and loves the Pacific Northwest, its people, and its beauty. In her free time, she likes to go walking, visit the Kitsap Peninsula, try new coffeehouses, watch monster and superhero movies, go to concerts and festivals and take photos. She lives in Shoreline and enjoys spending time with her two older kids, her friends and her cats. Diane has a BA in environmental health and social justice from Antioch University and an MPA in environmental policy from the University of Washington.  

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