Diana Portner, Senior Mediator and Program Manager

Diana Portner is a Senior Mediator and Program Manager based in Meridian Institute’s Dillon, Colorado office. Her areas of expertise include watershed planning, land use and management, climate change, and the human dimensions of natural resource management. Prior to joining Meridian, Ms. Portner led strategic planning efforts for a watershed-based partnership of nonprofit environmental organizations and local, state, and federal government agencies in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.
In May 2013, Ms. Portner received a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan, where she focused in Behavior, Education and Communication. Her research revolved around stakeholder engagement and collaborative problem-solving, resulting in a stakeholder-vetted watershed management plan to be implemented by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. In 2012, Ms. Portner was recognized for her leadership abilities and dedication to conservation as a Wyss Scholar for Conservation in the American West. Prior to her graduate studies, Ms. Portner received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has an extensive history of on-the-ground environmental work, including ecological restoration, trail and grounds maintenance, and management of native ecosystems.