A second generation Italian American, Diane was the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college. Fascinated by the effect of television and media in general on our perception of our world, she forged a successful career in public television at KCSM, a small PBS station in the Bay Area television market. There, she aggressively counter-programmed to KQED – the dominant station in the market – showcasing progressive documentaries on topics as diverse as abortion rights and a political expose of the U.S. invasion of Panama. Eventually, she was invited to work at KQED, where she developed the Independent Initiative. The Initiative funded independent filmmakers, vastly increased the air-time KQED devoted to independent film, and culminated in an important study on the role of independents in the then-emerging digital broadcast world. Diane went on to pursue a new career in the environmental field, receiving her Master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Planning at San Francisco State University. She has reported on waste treatment plants at the US Environmental Protection Agency and analyzed and critiqued a wide array of coastal development projects at the CA Coastal Commission. Those projects included the infamous proposal by BHP Billiton for a liquefied natural gas floating processing platform off the coast of Malibu, and the restoration efforts of the National Park Service at Big Lagoon just inland of Muir Beach. She researched and wrote a section of the SF Bay Basin Plan on carbon sequestration in fresh and salt wetlands. Diane has also lobbied in Sacramento as a volunteer for the Sierra Club California.
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