Diana Urban

Biography

Education

Long Island University: BA Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), SUNY at Stony Brook: Masters in Urban Policy Sciences

Chadwick University: Masters in Environmental Management, University of Rhode Island: studies for a PhD. in Economics

Longy Institute of Music in Cambridge Massachusetts: Professional Diploma in Music

Occupation

Economics and Political Sciences Professor

Public Service

Active Volunteer in Project Learn “Multiply Your Options” program, member of the Steering Committee for New Beginnings, mentor for Middle/High School girls, Williams College Parents Committee, and former Middle School Basketball Coach

Legislative Service

State House of Representatives 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009


Diana Urban was first elected to the General Assembly November 7, 2000 and is currently serving her fifth term. She is a member of the Legislature's Environment Committee and,the Program Review and Investigations Committee. She  is Chair of the Select Committee on Children as well as Co-Chair of the Results Based Accountability Sub Committee of the Appropriations Committee.  She has previously served on the Energy and Technology Committee and the Planning and Development Committee.

Representative Urban has significant concerns about both our economy and the environment, and is committed to finding and maintaining a balance that will encourage sustainable growth within Connecticut. She is also committed to protecting Connecticut's most vulnerable children and providing ample educational opportunities to all children in this state, recognizing the role they will play in the future. She has been the legislative champion for addressing the "circle of violence" that recognizes that animal abuse too often is a harbinger of domestic abuse and criminal activity. Representative Urban's legislative agenda reflects these values and she works closely with constituents and advocacy groups to craft legislation to impact these issues She recently chaired the Speaker's Task Force on Animal Abuse and the Circle of Violence.

She is a two time recipient of the American Lung Association of Connecticut's Breath of Life award for her work in helping to clean up Connecticut's "Sooty Six" power plants. The award is given to legislators who demonstrate dedication in the prevention of lung disease and promoting lung health. She was also named one of the four most influential legislators on the environment by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, as well as an "Environmental Hero." She has twice been named the Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society of the United States.

Representative Urban has been honored for serving as an effective advocate for the business community as a member of the General Assembly by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). The organization established and bestowed the first annual Diana Urban Award, which is named in perpetuity for her. In addition, she established the Small Business Advocacy Task Force, which has been meeting for several years and is designed to address issues for small businesses in Southeastern Connecticut. Most recently she partnered with the Community Economic Development Fund to bring a $4 million public/private loan pool to Southeastern Connecticut for assisting Micro enterprise and Small Business.

Throughout her tenure in the General Assembly, Representative Urban has led the fight for Results Based Accountability (RBA) in Budgeting in the State of Connecticut She has also been recognized by Governing Magazine as a National Leader in High Performance Government for her work on RBA and recently the NCSL awarded Connecticut the Con Hogan Award for RBA and Work on Innovation in Government.  She fervently believes that accountability and transparency are essential to good government.

Representative Urban is committed to empowering young women to pursue careers that in the past were non-traditional. She recently served as Faculty in Residence at the Center for Women and Politics at the Eagleton School of Politics at Rutgers University. She believes that working on such empowerment will help to mold professional, capable young women who will actively contribute to our communities and our economy.

She serves as a mentor for Middle School and High School girls considering careers in environmental or economic studies. She is a Parent Advisor for Americorp's "City Year" Program where her son gave a year of service in inner city DC. She is a former Middle School Boys Basketball coach, and currently serves as a United States Pony Club Regional and National Coach.

For twenty-six years Representative Urban was employed as an Economics and Political Science professor. Most recently she taught Micro and Macro Economics, Environmental Studies and Regulation as an Adjunct professor at Three Rivers College and Environmental Conservation at the University of Connecticut Avery Point. She is currently a Senior Consultant with the Results Leadership Group in Washington DC.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Long Island University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Representative Urban earned a Masters in Urban and Policy Sciences from SUNY at Stony Brook and has studied for her PhD in Economics at the University of Rhode Island. Representative Urban also pursued a Professional Diploma in Music from Longy Institute of Music in Cambridge and received a fellowship to the Kennedy School at Harvard University to study public policy.

Representative Urban served for 10 years on North Stonington's Planning and Zoning Commission. She resides in North Stonington. Her son, Lex, recently graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and is a litigator with Cadwalader, Wickensham and Taft in Washington, DC.