Environmentalist and Human Rights Activist, Dianne, Executive Director of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, has for over thirty years worked on
issues of the environment and sustainability, gender and CSR, both domestically and internationally. Since 1997 she has been a director at Interface, Inc., global manufacturer of modular carpet and a leader in sustainable design. She was a director at Green Mountain Energy for the first six years and chaired the Environmental Integrity Committee for the company until GMEC was acquired by NRG.
She was appointed by the White House to the US delegation for the Earth Summit in Rio-’92, UNGASS-’97 & WSSD in South Africa-’02, making her the only person to serve on all three US government delegations. She is founding chair– emerita of PLAINS JUSTICE, an environmental law center for the Great Plains states in the US and is a trustee and board chair for CIEL,(the Center for International Environmental Law); Population Connection ( former National Chair);Executive Director WNSF(the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future); the former national chair of River Network and former president of ZPG. She was also CEO of WEDO (the Women’s Environment and Development Organization) in the 1990’s and head of the Iowa Association of Human Rights Agencies, among others.
From 1999 through its tenure she was a member of the Oxford University Commission on Sustainable Consumption and Production (Mansfield College) and the first US member appointed to the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm. Former President Clinton appointed her to the PCSD, his council on Sustainable Development (1994-1999). In the past two Presidential elections she was part of P-CAP, (Presidential Climate Action Project).
In 2000 by the appointment of the Sec. General, she chaired the Millennium DPI conference at the UN, which first introduced the idea for the Millennium Development Goals. In 2011 she was selected among the “GREEN LEEDERS” for the Women in commercial Real Estate, New York City CREW, keynoting their annual event, February 2011.
She is a member of the Green Mountain College Board of Trustees, the Auburn University School of Human Sciences-Dean’s Advisory Board and the Tippie College of Business Management Committee and is a frequent commencement speaker including Lund in Sweden, the Presidio School of Business, Central College, Iowa and in 2013 at Green Mountain College which awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
She lives in Iowa City, Iowa and has two adult children, Dasal who graduated from Morehouse in Atlanta, Georgia, and Karima, who graduated from Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.