Diane Brossart, President & CEO
Diane Brossart enjoys a longtime connection with Arizona Forward, having first joined the non-profit business-based environmental public interest organization as a member 30 years ago when it was named Valley Forward and focused exclusively on Maricopa County. She served on the Board of Directors, and was appointed president in 1991. Leading its recent award-winning statewide expansion, Brossart was named President and CEO of Arizona Forward in 2013.
In this role, she manages the organization’s robust and holistic sustainability agenda to move the Grand Canyon State forward environmentally, economically and socially. Primary areas of focus foster healthy communities through advocacy for: smart growth and desert preservation, a balanced multi-modal transportation system, improved air quality, clean energy choices, sound water management, and environmental education.
Named by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the “Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona” in 2013, Brossart also holds a “Champion of Sustainability Award” through the Phoenix Business Journal's Green Pioneers program. She also earned the Phoenix Award (top honors) from the Public Relations Society of America's Phoenix Chapter in 2009 and two Copper Anvils from the same organization in 2012.
Brossart’s diverse community involvement profile includes: Phoenix Sister Cities Commissioner; Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s Sustainability Advisory Task Force, Appointee; Director, Phoenix Community Alliance; and Director, Mountain States Employers Council. She is also a member of: Valley Partnership, Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects Arizona and Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
Arizona Forward has received widespread recognition for its role in addressing environmental and quality of life issues: Outstanding Achievement Award from the EPA, Region 9; Award of Distinction from the Western Mountain Region of the American Institute of Architects; first-place honors from the City of Phoenix Mayor's Environmental Awards Program.
Prior to her work with Arizona Forward, Brossart was Vice President of one of the Valley's largest public relations agencies, serving as a marketing consultant to Valley Forward and several commercial accounts. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University and began her professional career as a reporter for a daily newspaper in metropolitan Detroit.