Diane Irene Meyer graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Butler University, in 1968, on a four-year scholarship. During the spring 1968, her senior year, ironically Diane cut an evening Shakespeare class in order to attend a Robert F. Kennedy rally at an inner city park in Indianapolis. The large crowd waited for hours in the unadorned park to finally see and hear Robert F. Kennedy make the chilling announcement that Dr. Martin Luther King had been assassinated.
Some years later, Diane was interviewed by the local Indianapolis CBS affiliate as a “Woman on the Move”. Diane spoke of that dreadful day in 1968, crediting the experience and the words of Bobby Kennedy as the turning point in her life's ambition. No longer did she have the desire to attend grad school. The day following Martin Luther King's assassination, Diane took a leave of absence from Butler University. She began working for the 1968 Robert F. Kennedy Presidential Road Show, as a traveling press/media assistant to the late Dick Drayne. This allowed Diane to be on the road daily with Kennedy, along with national and international Press/Media though out the campaign.
After the local interview, the CBS affiliate sent Diane a copy of an audio-free video footage from that evening in 1968. She was also sent an audio tape from a local radio station of the same speech. Diane put the two tapes together when doing a national network anniversary interview with the late Tom Petit and sent copies to all networks. So, nearly two decades after that dreadful day, “For the first time in history the world could hear and see Bobby Kennedy as he calmed an integrated, frightened and furious crowd and view the majesty in those moments of terrible, swift truth.” In retrospect, following the strength of her convictions and the dynamics of her grounded emotions, this event lead Diane from a life in the small Amish community of Nappanee Indiana, to national and global realms of public service.
The assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy became tragedies that would forever change our world. So, in 1968, Diane, though deeply depressed, made a decision to transform her grief into a positive surge of dedication. Diane made a commitment to humane politics.
Fortunately, the Kennedy staff urged her to work for the most honest, decent, and wise leader, US Senator Birch Bayh. Senator Birch Bayh was running for re-election against the formidable William Ruckelshaus in 1968. Diane continued serving Senator Birch Bayh for twelve years. During that time, she worked on the Sub-committee for Constitutional Amendments, which Senator Birch Bayh chaired and was staffed by Dr. Jason S. Berman and the late Larry A. Conrad, Esquire and Chief Counsel. During that time, the Sub-Committee passed two Constitutional Amendments: “Presidential Disability & Succession” and the “18-Year-Old Vote.” All the while, working on the Equal Rights Amendment and Electoral Reform, promoting the abolition of the Electoral College in favor of one-Person / one vote or Direct Election.
Diane operated in almost every aspect of the US Senate staff work, spent some time in graduate school until becoming Indiana Administrator of Birch Bayh's office. During this time, Diane Meyer married N. Stuart Grauel who had become Deputy Secretary of State to her friend Larry Conrad. When Senator Bayh was not running for Senate or President, she would take leave to help Conrad and other Democratic Presidential Candidates, always returning to Senator Birch Bayh's office. Her marriage ended in 1976.
Birch Bayh's two Presidential campaigns sadly ended with the ongoing illness and passing of his wife, Marvella, to breast cancer. After the 1980 election Senator Bayh was one of several liberal casualties of distortions, misinformation and ruthless attacks by the far right wing Republicans. Attacks made by some of the same right-wing people who actively elected Dan Quayle.
In 1981, Diane Meyer married Herbert Simon, becoming Diane Meyer Simon, political activist, social catalyst, wife and stepmother of two teenagers. Soon, Diane and Herb became the proud parents of three, two daughters and one son; all the while, maintaining her political and social commitments and beginning a business career. Diane has founded several companies involving environmental consulting and design.
Diane has organized countless benefit fundraisers for State and National Democratic candidates. She has anonymously donated food, clothing, education, housing, and adopted families, providing overall safety and care for many single-parent women and their children. Struggles with which Diane identifies, as she and her mother experienced homelessness when she was young. She left an affluent childhood when she was almost five years old, her mother & she left to escape the abuse of her brilliant, but emotionally broken down father. Diane and her mother were forced to live with relatives for five years. Diane was an only child, born to a French father who was a teacher, an Air Force Pilot and medical doctor and a French-Swiss mother who was both a teacher and a nurse.
Whether it is her help with the well aged or her support for the humane treatment of animals, Diane's efforts continue to be widely recognized. Her dedication to the pursuit of equal rights, civil Rights, women's Rights and the rights of children remains active and on going.
Diane has devoted her life to numerous organizations and businesses spanning Indiana, where she was Indianapolis Woman of the Year, and California, where she moved in 1989. Diane Irene Meyer Simon is Founder, President Emerita and Past Chair of Global Green USA. Diane founded Global Green USA (GG USA) following a Moscow Board Meeting of Green Cross International (GCI), August 1993, with the Honorable Mikhail Gorbachev, President. There, GCI Founder and President Mikhail Gorbachev personally enlisted her to organize a US affiliate and become a Member of the GCI Honorary Board. Since then, Diane has committed herself to personally spearheading the GG USA agenda and molding a message of international environmental responsibility for an American audience.
As President of Global Green USA, Diane brought to fruition a political career as staffer, organizer, administrator, fundraiser and strategist. Over the years spanning 1993 to the present Diane has remained the driving force in representing an agenda and a vision for Global Green USA and Green Cross International.
Today, Diane Irene Meyer Simon primarily lives in Montecito, California and occasionally in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she maintains her second home. Her marriage ended in 2000. She shares her homes with her three children, Sarah Elisabeth, Rachel Mariam, and Asher Benjamin Meyer Simon. Her children serve as her every inspiration and primary motivation to actualize an enlightened human race. A human race with an understanding of the inter-relationship of humans with our living Earth… This understanding must be achieved before we are the next extinct species. Diane believes we must learn to lighten the human load, especially the US load, on the Earth's resources. This final achievement being her deepest hope for her children and all children.
1964 - Nappanee High School, Nappanee, IN
1968 - Butler University, Indianapolis, IN BA - Psychology - on scholarship
1976 - Indiana/Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
Non-degree seeking Graduate Work - Psychology
Studied Classical Ballet - 14 years
Studied Ice Skating 8 years
Studied gymnastics 8 years
U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy - Presidential Campaign '68
Staffed on the Road show
Press/Media assistant to Dick Drayne
U.S. Senator Birch Bayh - Washington, D.C. / Indiana '68 - '80
Re-election campaign '68
Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments
Presidential Campaign - Finance '72
Re-election Campaign - Finance '74
Presidential Campaign - Finance '76
Administrative Assistant - Indiana '76 - '79
Finance Director - Re-election Campaign '79 - '80
Meyer Simon Group Environmental Design Consultants '81 - '89
ECO Partners, Inc. - Environmental Consulting - Principal '90 - 2004
ECO Educators (non-profit) Environmental Education - Principal '90 - 2004
Global Green USA - Founder & President Emerita, Chair '01 - '04
(GGUSA: American affiliate of Green Cross International)
Green Cross International Honorary Board Member
The Honorable Mikhail Gorbachev Founder, President Emeritus & Chair
Meyer Simon Consultants, LLC President, Environmental Design
CIVIC & POLITICAL COMMITMENTS (Past & Present)
America Coming Together - Financial Supporter - 2004
Appointment by President William J. Clinton to the President's Advisory Committee
On the Arts - The JFK Center for Performing Arts
Evan Bayh for Governor - Finance Committee
Evan Bayh for US Senate - Active
Circle City Classic Gala Co-Chair 2 years
William Jefferson Clinton, Presidential Foundation - Founding Member
Concert for Humanity to benefit Physicians for Social Responsibility - Co-Chair & Sponsor
Democratic National Committeewoman
Dialogue Today (Coalition of Black & Jewish Women) Co-Founder
Fundraising for Evan Bayh for Indiana Secretary of State
Fundraising for the Honorable Bill Clinton for President (both campaigns)
Fundraising for the Honorable Hilary Clinton for Senate
Fundraising for US Senator Barbara Boxer
Fundraising for US Senator Al Gore - Presidential Campaigns (all)
Fundraising for US Congressman Lee Hamilton (retired)
Fundraising and Democratic Convention Delegate for US Senator Gary Hart - Presidential Campaign & Convention
Fundraising for Baron Hill for US Congress
Global Renaissance Alliance - Board of Directors - Marianne Williamson, Founder
Global Vision for Peace - Honorary Committee for Peace Pin project in '03
Hollywood Policy Center Foundation - Board of Directors
Indiana Democratic Jefferson/Jackson State Dinner - Chair & Speaker
Indiana Planned Parenthood - Board of Sponsors
Indiana University Foundation
Indianapolis Children's Museum - Board of Directors
Indianapolis Clean City Committee
Indianapolis Human Relations Task Force
Indianapolis Humane Society Ball - Honorary Chair
Indianapolis Kennedy & King Park Dedication Speaker
In the company of President Clinton, Senator Ted Kennedy,
Senator Evan Bayh, Ethel Kennedy, the President of Ireland, and two of Martin Luther King s Sons
Indianapolis Recycling Commission Board
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra - Board of Directors
International Women's Forum Member - Active
Jefferson Trust (Democratic Party)
Madame C.J. Walker Urban Life Center - Capital Campaign Chair, Indianapolis
Mother Jones The Highest Private Democratic Donor 1st Clinton/Gore Administration
National Democratic Committee Advisory Board
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - Co-Chair of Honorary Host Committee 2 years
Orchard Country Day School - Board of Governors
Orchard Country Day School - Capital Campaign Co-Chair
Sadat Peace Foundation - Board of Directors - Active
Sundance Institute - Board of Directors
Sponsor & Chair - Batsheva performances (Ballet of Israel)
To benefit the Homeless of Indiana
TIKKUN Community Member
United Way of Indianapolis - Board of Directors
WFYI - Channel 20 (PBS) - Board of Directors
William Jefferson Clinton Foundation Founding Member
YMCA - Board of Trustees
2005 - Frank Foundation / Gorbachev Foundation
1985 - Indianapolis Woman of the Year
1986 - A.S.I.D. Indiana State Award for Design
1986 - Mary McLeod Bethune Award - National Council of Negro Women
1988 - Butler University Medal of Honor
1988 - David M. Cook Jewish Community Relations Award
1988 - Wilma Rudolph Foundation Award
1988 - Soroptomist International Woman of Distinction for Environment
1989 - King, Walker, Wilkins, Young Award
1997 - Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash Presented by Governor Frank O' Bannon
1997 - Founders Award & Millennium Award, Global Green USA & Green Cross International, Presented by President Mikhail Gorbachev