Diane Cherry

Strategic Director
NC Sustainable Energy Association

Diane is the Strategic Director at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.  In this role, she works with NCSEA and its stakeholders to ensure North Carolina’s energy path becomes incrementally more sustainable, consistent with the organization’s mission and strategic objectives.  Diane also teaches U.S. Environmental Policy, Written Communication and other subjects in the Master in Public Administration program at NC State University.

Prior to her current role, she worked for 10 years as the Environments Policy Manager at the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University and worked collaboratively to build capacity for collective action in energy, infrastructure, transportation and the natural environment.

Diane has worked as a budget and management analyst for the City of Raleigh, an environmental policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as the senior policy advisor to the state’s Environmental Director at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  She also spent several years in Washington DC at Resources for the Future, an environmental economics think tank and at Abt Associates, an environmental consulting firm.

She holds a graduate degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Virginia. Diane is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina.

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