Dianne Russell, President of the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL), leads the fundraising, financial management, and oversight of ICL’s program design and delivery. Dianne brings over 40 years of experience with groups across North America working on environmental and community-based issues. Dianne blends her knowledge of human systems with a deep understanding of the strategies needed to create healthy natural systems and communities. She specializes in the development of networks, leadership, and organizations using the primary tools of planning, coaching, facilitation, and training. She has played the role of process designer, meeting facilitator, backbone staff, evaluator, and foundation advisor with over 45 collaborative efforts across the U.S. and Canada.
Dianne’s work with ICL has been supported by her training with the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, VISIONS (multicultural skills), the Gestalt International Study Center (Eyes Wide Open Program), and her academic training (double degree in Religion and Sociology from Wittenberg University). Questions about baseball, gardening, social change theories, photography, GLBTQ issues, or her home state of Ohio will spark very enthusiastic discussions with her.