Born and raised in Methuen, Diana has long believed in reengaging the people in her community with the democratic process. She understands making progress requires stepping out of one’s comfort zone and requires both strength and determination. It is not easy to bring about accountability and change, but Diana knows both are needed on Beacon Hill. To Diana, there is no doubt that, with the help of the community, a difference can be made for the better in the 14th Essex District.
A graduate of Wellesley College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Spanish, Diana is also the recipient of an Associate’s Degree in Psychology from Middlesex Community College. She is a Methuen High School graduate.
Prior to her election to serve the 14th Essex District, Diana worked for multiple non-profit, community based organizations and was a small business owner. She worked as a legislative aide in the House of Representatives before accepting a position as chief-of-staff to Edward A. Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM). Her experiences in both the private and public sectors inspired her to give back to her community through public service and led Diana to her current position as State Representative for the 14th Essex District.
Diana is now seeking election to serve the people of the 1st Essex District in the Massachusetts State Senate.
During her third term in office, Diana has:
– Secured $618,000 in FY18 funds for programs across the Merrimack Valley, including:
$200,000 for the Haverhill-based Career Resources Corporation, a non-profit that helps disabled veterans who are seeking employment opportunities
$100,000 for the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, also based in Haverhill
$70,000 for the Lawrence-based Psychological Center
$20,000 for the Merrimack Valley Prevention and Substance Abuse Project, which bring members of the community together, including experts on drug addiction issues and elected officials, to address substance abuse prevention, education, treatment and recovery
$10,000 for the Methuen-based Haven of Hope, a sober home for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction
$25,000 for Methuen High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions substance abuse program
$3,000 for Groundwork Lawrence
$20,000 for the Lawrence-based Delamano Inc., a non-profit organization committed to domestic violence intervention and awareness across the Merrimack Valley
$25,000 for the North Andover Youth Center and $25,000 toward the Methuen Athletic Improvement Committee’s Methuen Youth Center Committee
$25,000 for Opportunity Works toward the Project SEARCH program
$20,000 toward Youth Development Organization, Inc. in Lawrence
$75,000 to implement an automotive repair technician training and job placement program in the Commonwealth
– Sponsored an amendment to increase substance abuse funding through anticipated revenue generated from the legalization of Marijuana in Massachusetts
– Passed legislation to expand financial literacy and civic education programs in Massachusetts schools
– Filed legislation to improve emergency medical services for Massachusetts veterans
– Filed legislation to improve and expand domestic violence training in the Commonwealth
– Filed legislation to expand substance abuse education in Massachusetts schools
– Filed legislation to establish a task force on protecting elderly and disabled persons residing in public housing
– Hosted Foster Kids Awareness Day, Alcohol Awareness Day and Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day at the State House
– Hosted Civic Education Day at North Andover Middle School
– Hosted Young Women Career Day at Haverhill High School and Lawrence High School