Asheville, North Carolina
The experience of living in Monción, Dominican Republic, in the mid-1990s during the construction of a large-scale dam that quieted the wild Mao River and flooded 13 rural communities has inspired Diana’s work in river conservation and community organizing. In the subsequent 20 years, she has worked to support citizens’ efforts to have a seat at the table when decisions are being made that impact their communities’ freshwater resources and quality of life. As River Network’s Leadership Development Director, Diana is responsible for developing and delivering training and consulting services so that leaders, organizations and coalitions working for freshwater protection are strong, effective and results-oriented.
Prior to joining River Network in 2006, Diana worked at the River Alliance of Wisconsin helping build one of the strongest networks of local watershed groups in the country and serving as Interim Executive Director. Previously, she worked on Great Lakes policy and funding initiatives while at the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.
Diana has contributed to and edited several publications, including Reducing the Impacts of Construction Activities in Your Watershed (River Alliance of Wisconsin, 2007) and The Coastal Wetlands of Manitowoc County – Inventory, Assessment and Management Recommendations (Institute for Env. Studies, UW-Madison, 1998). She has also authored numerous articles for various River Network publications (examples here and here) and for the River Alliance of Wisconsin’s Watershed Advocate’s Toolkit. Diana has a B.S. in Microbiology and Environmental Studies from Indiana University – Bloomington and a Masters’ degree in Water Resources Management from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
When not working, Diana spends time gardening, hiking, paddling and building a small cabin (a 3-year project!) in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her longtime partner and their two daughters. She is originally from Asturias (Spain) and is now lucky to call beautiful Asheville, NC home.