Assemblymember Todd Gloria Names Diane Takvorian as Woman of the Year

Monday, March 12, 2018

Diane Takvorian, longtime San Diego environmentalist and co-founder of Environmental Health Coalition, Honored in State Capitol

SACRAMENTO, CA – As part of the California State Legislature’s annual Women of the Year ceremony that recognizes the achievements of outstanding women throughout the state, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today that he has named Diane Takvorian, co-founder and executive director of the San Diego-based Environmental Health Coalition, as the Woman of the Year for the 78th Assembly District.

Diane Takvorian epitomizes selfless service. Every day, Diane gets up with the purpose of empowering low-income communities to use their collective voice and demand change,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Her passion and commitment for environmental and social justice have resulted in healthier communities, cleaner air and water, and greater investment in underserved neighborhoods. She is truly a pioneer and I am proud to be able to recognize her as the 78th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.”

For over 30 years, Diane has been a leader for environmental and social justice in low-income communities throughout the San Diego/Tijuana region. In 1980, she helped co-found the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), a non-profit organization focused on environmental justice and promoting healthy and safe neighborhoods. Operating under a core belief that justice is accomplished through empowered communities who act together to make social change, the EHC organizes and advocates to protect public health and the environment from toxic pollution.

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this recognition from Assemblymember Gloria. I am grateful to accept it on behalf of the community leaders who deserve to be recognized for their tireless efforts to achieve environmental justice in their own communities by fighting for clean air, healthy neighborhoods, and safe homes for their families,” said Diane Takvorian. “Environmental justice is defined as the right of all people to live, work, and play in a clean and safe environment. When we achieve environmental justice in the most vulnerable communities, we achieve it in all communities.

In addition to leading the EHC, Diane has served on several international, national, state, and regional advisory boards. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her to the Joint Public Advisory Committee for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. In 2016, Diane was appointed by then-Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to serve on the California Air Resources Board where she still serves today.

At today’s Women of the Year ceremony in the State Capitol, Diane was introduced on the Assembly floor and presented with a resolution honoring her accomplishments. The Assembly’s Women of the Year celebration is an annual tradition held during Women’s History Month to highlight the achievements of outstanding women throughout the state.