Rep. -elect Dianne Herrin's Biography
Diane Herrin was elected in November 2020 to represent the 156th Legislative District.She is a graduate of Widener University with a B.A. in English and has the following certifications:
1. Certified Energy Manager (CEM), American Association of Energy Engineers;
2. Energy Master Planning Certificate, American Association of Energy Engineers; and
3. LEED AP Certified Professional, U.S. Green Building Council.
She served as Mayor of West Chester from 2018 to 2021 and spearheaded the successful conversion of West Chester’s state-owned Main Street into an open-air marketplace to improve safety and to save independently-owned businesses during the pandemic. Also as Mayor, she worked on the following community service outreach programs:
1. Police-community town hall and policy review in response to Black Lives Matter;
2. Mayor's Opioid Action Task Force, to bring resources to the community and remove the stigma of addiction;
3. Clean & Green West Chester, to improve cleanliness of the town and boost pride in the community;
4. Diversity in Action Council, to respond to discrimination and inequities impacting the community;
5. Together We Can! West Chester Community Meal Fund, to feed those in need while supporting local restaurants through the pandemic;
6. Single-use plastic bag and straw ban;
7. Affordable Housing Task Force, to find ways to increase attainable and transitional housing in West Chester; and
8. West Chester University Community-Campus Coalition and Borough-University Officials Group.
Over the years, she was involved in a number of local groups including chairwoman of the West Chester Borough Sustainability Advisory Committee from 2015 to 2018; founder of the West Chester Community Rights Alliance from 2015 to present; member of the West Chester Borough Tree Commission from 2014 to 2018; founder and chair of West Chester Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reduction (BLUER) from 2006 to 2015; communications lead for West Chester VOTE’s “Take the Politics Out of Education” school board campaign from 2011 to 2012; and founder of Moms for the Future from 2004 to 2007.
From 2009 through 2020, she has been a partner/vice president with Practical Energy Solutions, working as an energy efficiency consultant for commercial, nonprofit, municipal, and educational clients including the City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability; Delaware County Planning Department; Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Green Building United; Delaware state Sustainable Energy Utility; and many regional school districts including West Chester Area School District, the School District of Philadelphia and more.
From 1995 to 2009, she owned and operated Herrin Communications and was a contract researcher/analyst, editor, and writer for clients in the medical device, managed care, surgical, and pharmaceutical industries. From 1989 to 1995, she worked as a product manager for Synthes (USA) where she was a member of a strategic research and development/sales support team for traumatic fracture fixation devices. She managed prototype development, new product releases, and technical/marketing support for several highly successful new devices.
She has been awarded for her work both professionally and in the community:
1. LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County Community Advocate Award, 2019;
2. Clean Water Fund Florence Neilson Award for West Chester's plastic bag ban, 2019;
3. Read2Dream Foundation Recognitions, 2018 and 2019;
4. Plein Air Brandywine Valley, 2nd prize, photography, 2018;
5. Plein Air Brandywine Valley, 1st prize, photography. 2017;
6. Second Annual Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection Gene Wilson Award for environmental leadership, 2011;
7. Sierra Club Award of Appreciation for outstanding achievement, 2010;
8. PennFuture GreenPower award, BLUER, 2009; and
9. Two Jesse H. Neal Awards for Excellence in Business Journalism, trade journalism’s highest achievement.
Always engaged in the local community and surrounding area, Dianne has volunteered with the following:
1. Board member-elect, West Chester Sunrise Rotary Club, 2021;
2. Board member, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County Coaching Boys into Men Program, 2018 to present;
3. Member of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, 2017 to present;
4. Member, NAACP West Chester chapter, 2017 to present;
5. Co-chair, Greater West Chester Area Diversity in Action Council, 2017 to present;
6. Board member, West Chester Area Education Foundation, 2015 to present;
7. Vice chair of the board, West Chester Food Cooperative, 2015 to 2016;
8. Member, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s transition team, Policy Advisory Committee on Energy and Sustainability, 2015;
9. Member, West Chester Borough Comprehensive Plan Task Force, 2014 to 2016;
10. PA organizer, 350.org Keystone XL Rally, Washington, DC., 2014, 2014;
11. Co-chair, West Chester Area School District Community Budget Reduction Task Force, 2010;
12. Member, West Chester University - West Chester Borough Sustainability Task Force, 2009 to 2014;
13. West Chester Borough citizen advocate for historic preservation. Authored the paper, “Building Heights in West Chester’s Historic Downtown: Quality of Life is an Economic Asset,” and worked to protect the historic brand of the Borough, 2007;
14. West Chester Ward 1 Democratic committee person, 2005 to 2008.
15. Member, Pennsylvania Energy Efficiency Building Code Coalition; and
16. Member, friends of West Chester’s parks (charter member, Friends of Marshall Square Park, 2005 to present; member, Friends of Everhart Park, 2020).
She is the mother of two sons educated in the West Chester Area School District. Her hobbies include photography, hiking, poetry, and kayaking.