Diane L. Harkey, Alumna of the Year, 2009-2010
Diane L. Harkey (R-Dana Point) was elected to the California State Assembly in 2008 to represent the 73rd Assembly District, which includes the communities of Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Oceanside, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Aliso Viejo.
Harkey, who holds a degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine, has enjoyed a successful career spanning 30 years in Corporate Banking and Finance. She has been actively involved with public service throughout most of her adult life. Appointed by the County of Orange to the Architectural Review Board in 1987, Harkey took an active leadership role in advocating for the incorporation of Dana Point in 1989. Since then, she has been a part of countless grassroots efforts for issues involving local communities and self governance.
As Mayor of Dana Point, Diane successfully implemented a balanced budget and a reserve policy for the City. As a representative of the people she championed efforts to reform government.
Diane has spent much of her time promoting cost-effective transportation solutions to improve mobility throughout Orange County. As a mayor, councilmember and liaison to regional committees, she fought hard to ensure transportation dollars are allocated to regions of South Orange County and Northern San Diego County. Diane has been a strong advocate for working with local elected officials and municipalities to develop thoughtful solutions to shared concerns.
In her first year in the Assembly, Harkey received a 100% pro-jobs rating from the California Chamber of Commerce on high-priority legislation related to economic growth and job creation.
Diane and her husband, Dan, have a daughter, Jaclyn.