Senior Director, External Affairs
Areas of expertise: Energy efficiency, utilities regulation
As Senior Director, Clean Energy Collaboration, Diane defines the overall strategy for our EDF Clean Energy Program’s collaborative efforts, including identifying potential partners and nurturing shared dialogue to maximize clean energy advances. She also develops opportunities to leverage common work and implement tactical joint efforts to achieve effective collaborative alliances. Diane serves as a key contact point with external partners, such as policymakers, industry allies and other NGOs in the clean energy sector, and acts as a national thought leader and expert on topics including energy efficiency, smart grid, renewables, and utility business models.
In her previous position as Vice President of Regulatory Relations and Energy Efficiency with MidAmerican Energy Company, Dianne represented the company at national and regional regulatory forums and was responsible for direct management of the energy efficiency group, including strategy, personnel, budget and compliance, among other duties. She also established the Institute for Energy Efficiency while serving as the Executive Director of Retail Energy Services at the Edison Electric Institute.
Diane also spent over two decades with the Iowa Utilities Board first as General Counsel and later as the Chairman and Member. While Chair of the Commission, Diane served two terms as the President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Additionally, as a gubernatorial-appointed member of a 3-member quasi-judicial board, Diane was responsible for regulating gas, electric and telecommunication companies within the State of Iowa.
- United States Energy Association Public Service Energy Leadership Award (2006)
- B.A. from University of Iowa (Phi Beta Kappa)
- J.D. from Drake University