The president of the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL), Dianne Russell leads the fundraising, financial management, and oversight of ICL’s program design and delivery. Dianne brings 30 years of experience with over 2,000 environmental and conservation groups across North America to ICL’s efforts to grow innovative and lasting organizational and collaborative change initiatives. 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 leadership, organizational development, strategic planning, and meeting design and facilitation. Dianne has helped to conceptualize and guide ICL’s program work with the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, Vital Lands Illinois, and programs for executive and staff leadership development within the Land Trust Alliance.
Previous staff positions included work with Americans for the Environment, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE). A native of the Great Lakes region, Dianne earned a double degree in religion and sociology from Wittenberg University (Ohio). Dianne has received coaching and training from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (Becoming a Better Intervener) and from VISIONS (Multicultural Skills Development).