Dianne Dillon Ridgely
Sustainability Advocate Dianne Dillon-Ridgley has actively promoted sustainability through numerous governmental, intergovernmental, NGO, philanthropic and corporate entities. She has served on several US delegations to the United Nations and was commissioned by the White House to serve as an advisor and member of the US Delegation to the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Appointed to the President's Council on Sustainable Development in 1994, Ms. Dillon-Ridgley served as co-chair of the Council's International Task Force and co-chair of the Population and Consumption Task Force. In 1998 Ms. Dillon-Ridgley was elected to the Global Water Partnership (Stockholm) and in 1999 appointed to the Oxford University Commission on Sustainable Consumption (UK). Other highlights of her career include four-term president of then ZPG (Zero Population Growth), now Population Connection; board member and national chairman of Racial Justice for the YWCA of the USA and UN representative for the World YWCA, Switzerland. In 1997 she was elected vice-chairman of the National Summit on Africa board and received the UNA Garst Memorial Award for individual service and global citizenship.
One of the founders of US Network for UNCED, now the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development, Ms. Dillon-Ridgley has served as a Co-Chair for CitNet. She has a BA at Howard University and is state-certified by the Iowa Mediation Service as a mediator specializing in agricultural mediation and public policy negotiation.