Diane was appointed by the Board of Directors in 2018 as the fifth leader in Clean Water Services' 50-plus-year history. She is a nationally recognized water leader serving on the boards of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and Willamette Partnership. She is part of the Research Advisory Council for the Water Research Foundation and the Advisory Board of World Water Tech North America.
Diane is Clean Water Services' first Chief Executive Officer. The title recognizes the diverse range of activities and interests CWS engages in as a leader in watershed management, a Utility of the Future and a Leading Utility of the World.
Winner of the 2019 Water Finance & Management Award, Diane is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and a Master's of Business Administration from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University. Prior to joining Clean Water Services in 2011, Taniguchi-Dennis served as the City of Albany Public Works Director.
Although Clean Water Services maintains a close working relationship with Washington County government, we are a county service district organized under Oregon Revised Statute 451 that serves as a separately managed and financed public utility. Our Board of Directors is comprised of the individuals who are elected as Washington County Commissioners:
View past and present agenda items on the Washington County iAgenda site.
The purpose of the Clean Water Services Advisory Commission (CWAC) is to review and discuss major policy issues and programs related to the management of water resources in the Tualatin River Watershed and make recommendations to Clean Water Services' Board of Directors.
Learn more about CWAC members, meetings and minutes.
The Business Partners team for Clean Water Services is comprised of:
The Clean Water Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, created to expand Clean Water Services' ability to promote scientific research, education and environmental protection activities that benefit watersheds around the world.