Diane was born and raised in Napa, and has lived in St. Helena for over 30 years.
Before her election to the Board in November 2002, Diane served her community for almost two decades in a variety of ways - in particular as a leader on land use issues - in many non-profit organizations.
As a member of the Board, Diane effectively and energetically serves Napa County residents and taxpayers in many countywide, regional, statewide, and national organizations. She has testified at the invitation of Congressional House and Senate committees several times on both land use conservation and local government issues.
A Napa High School graduate, Diane earned a B.A. degree with honors from UC Santa Barbara; a masters degree in library and information science from UCLA, with a specialization in law librarianship; and a J.D. from UC Davis, where she was a member of law review.
Diane actively practiced law in Napa County from 1981 to 2002. As a partner in the county’s oldest local law firm for 18 years, she gained an understanding of the challenges faced by all small business owners. She was a certified specialist in estate planning, probate, and trust administration, which allowed her the privilege of helping individuals plan for their families and business succession. Part of her legal career also included being deputy city attorney for the City of Calistoga, which increased her understanding of the governing challenges of our small towns.
She is the fifth generation of her family to live in Napa County, being descended from Connelly Conn, who came here in 1852 to join his uncle John Conn, who had arrived in the mid-1840s and helped Dr. Edward Bale build his grist mill. Conn Valley and Conn Dam are named for these ancestors of Diane’s. She grew up hearing about her grandmother’s trips to St. Helena by horse and buggy over the Pope Street bridge, and over Mt. St. Helena to visit relatives in Lake County and at the quicksilver mines. So it is not surprising that she also actively supports local history and preservation organizations, as well as the local genealogy society.