Diana Robinson recently retired as director from Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies, a think and do tank dedicated to supporting local government. While at the Center she was involved in a variety of applied research, policy analysis, program evaluation, and strategic planning projects, mostly in workforce development. Prior to coming to CGS, Diana held a variety of research and management positions at the state, regional, and local levels.

Diana attended the University of Wisconsin where she finally accumulated enough credits in one subject to graduate with a degree in sociology, and went on to earn a master’s degree in social services administration from the University of Chicago. She and her husband, Chuck, moved from the Chicago suburbs to the Pacific Northwest to be with children and grandchildren and give back to this beautiful planet. They built a small cabin on the 34 acres of stewardship forest they own in the upper Snowden area.