Englewood, Colorado , United States
Apr 11, 2020 03:07pm
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Raised in Maryland, Diana was always committed to the ongoing fight for justice. Her father and her mother fostered her passion for civic engagement by introducing her to civil rights marches, bringing her to JFK’s funeral, and encouraging her to campaign for Hubert Humphrey. The turbulence of the time and her family’s deep Jewish roots taught her the resilience that has characterized her work ever since.
Diana graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, receiving her BA in English Literature and Psychology in 1982. Her interest in mental health was groundbreaking for the time, leading her to a new kind of program and post-graduate degree at the University of Denver.
During her doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at DU, Diana worked in the Cherry Creek School System, the Veterans Association, Fitzsimmons Army Hospital and Denver Health and wrote her dissertation on loss and trauma. She completed her Clinical Internship at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington D.C. and received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1988. Diana worked at The American University in Washington D.C. for nine years and during that time, she met her future husband, Leigh, while on a trip to Heron Island, a National Park along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Together, they have a son, Sam, and three daughters, Eva, Tess and Emma.
While raising her family, Diana stayed invested in the political process, always remaining committed to building a better world for her children. Through her work, she came to understand the destructive influence of the oil & gas industry. Learning that Liquified Natural Gas Plants were about to be built on the pristine island just off the Queensland coast where Leigh was from, Diana began investigating the health and environmental effects of extraction in Australia and in Colorado, and she was appalled by what she found. Not only was the industry suppressing the known health risks, buying off our elected officials, and discrediting the clear evidence of climate change, but they were actively driving a wedge between working people and their environment.
Despite discouraging roadblocks, Diana persisted in her advocacy. “When we began protesting in 2006, we would maybe have five or six people joining us. It felt like shouting into the wind.” However, the tide has begun to turn, and she is heartened by the current surge of interest and activism around climate change. “Safer setbacks may not have passed last year, but we received over a million votes, and we’re still fighting for health and safety,” she says. “More importantly, we’re seeing new generations give this issue the attention it needs. In a fight between industry executives and elementary school children, I know which side I’m choosing.”
Diana’s run for the US Senate is about more than just demanding that industry respect the health of our planet and communities. “It’s about changing the way we think about the environment, and how we all benefit from protecting it. Industry is holding people’s jobs and livelihoods hostage, and this has to end. The transition to renewable energy needs to be led by working people in order to be truly just and effective.”
We invite you to learn more about Diana’s visionary platform and bold plans to protect our state, our country and our planet. In the coming months, Diana will be traveling Colorado to speak with the people she seeks to serve. Come meet her, and learn what is possible within a Climate of Justice.