Growing Mercer Island
One Mind at a Time

Dr. Diana Lein for School Board

ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN

My Vision

Mercer Island schools are at a crossroads.  With changes to state funding and the retirement of our superintendent, we have an opportunity for growth.  I envision a student-first culture that celebrates equity and diversity.  All children are unique and should be given an environment to grow to their best selves.  As an Island community parent, advocate and volunteer, I have demonstrated success in making positive change for over a decade. As a professional, I have been a national leader, local mentor, and adult educator within a global company.   I hope to use these experiences to  serve the students, families, and teachers of the Mercer Island School District. 

Advocating for Mercer Island

I have lived on Mercer Island for over 12 years and cherish this community. As a community advocate I have:

  • Represented my local precinct in the 41st legislative district caucus.
  • Represented our school community as a voting delegate at the WA State PTA Legislative and Annual conventions.
  • Served as an active member of Mercer Island PTA Advocacy Committee comprised of representatives from the Mercer Island City Council, Mercer Island School Board, Mercer Island Teachers, and representatives from each of our schools. 
  • Acted as a voting member of the Lakeridge PTA Board.
  • Awarded the 2017 PTA Special Recognition Award from the Lakeridge parent community. 
  •  Actively attended forums on school funding with our state and local representatives.  I have a deep understanding and appreciation of the budget challenges our district faces.
  • Actively participated in I-90 mobility discussions, testifying to the looming impact on our school community, teachers and teacher retention.  

Every Brain is Different

 As a neuroscientist trained at top tier institutions, I have a passion for understanding how the brain develops. I started my research career at The Johns Hopkins Medical School and The University of Maryland School of Medicine, going on to receive my Doctorate in Neuroscience from Case Western Reserve University and subsequently completing an NIH sponsored Post-Doctoral Fellowship at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies.  


In my professional career, I have experience in drug development and clinical studies at a variety of levels, from start-ups to global pharmaceutical companies. Currently, I am a Senior Alliance and Project Manager at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where my focus is on building relationships and coordinating multiple projects simultaneously.  I have also worked as a liaison between corporate clinical research teams and leading experts at top tier medical institutions on the West Coast. In this role I served as a national expert and leader, as well as an adult educator at the local, national, and global levels.  


I have found my background and expertise are useful for understanding how our brains differ and how differentiated teaching methods can make all the difference for students. We are all wired differently and therefore learn differently. In both my career and personal life I have continuously worked towards improving the lives of others, and I hope to use these experiences to help serve all of the students, families and teachers of the Mercer Island School District. 

The Not So Little Things

Lakeridge Elementary School

  • Recipient of the 2017 PTA Special Recognition Award
  • School Advisory Committee Member
  • PTA Board Member
  • PTA Advocacy Committee Representative
  • 4 Time Room Parent
  • 3 Time Science Fair Judge
  • Book in a Bag Classroom Volunteer
  • Reads Naturally Volunteer
  • Chess Club Volunteer
  • Classroom Volunteer
  • Spanish Language Elementary School Parent Committee
  • 5th Grade Musical Costume Designer
  • Created 45 Costumes for the 5th Grade Musical

Hamlin Robinson School

  • Art Classroom Volunteer
  • Trained through the teacher’s Continuing Education program in the use of mathematical manipulatives for children with dyscalculia
  • Trained through the teacher’s Continuing Education program on the use of technology in classroom accommodations

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church

  • Serving as Deacon
  • 10,000 Villages Volunteer – helping to sell free trade goods so that profits from the sales are returned to the community of artisans who made the goods
  • Rummage Sale Clothing Sales Coordinator – raising money to help our youth build homes in Mexico
  • LOGOs elementary youth program  volunteer

More Community Volunteering

  • Pack 668 Cub Scout Den Leader 
  • MICC Swim Team Committee and New Parent Liaison
  • MIFC Assistant Coach
  • SJCC Early Childhood School Room Parent

A History of Advocacy

  • As a high school student, I lobbied for a human rights bill and attended its signing by President Reagan at the Rose Garden Ceremony.
  • As a college student, I ran a voter registration drive, registering over 4,000 students to vote.
  • As a college student, I managed teams of other students, who doorbelled to raise public awareness on local environmental and consumer protection issues through the Maryland Public Interest Research Group (MaryPIRG).
  • As a college student, I lobbied with the US PIRG for the passage of updates to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to close loopholes allowing food treated with banned pesticides from entering our country and supermarkets.
  • Obtained the equivalent of an Eagle Scout Rank in the co-ed Lithuanian Scouts Society (LSS).

Fun and Games

  • In my free time I enjoy skiing and hiking with my family in the beautiful Cascades.  I love gardening, and had a plot at the Mercer Island Pea Patch when my son was young.  You will see me walking my dog in Pioneer Park, knitting with the knitting circle at the south end Starbucks, timing at Midlakes Swim Meets, attending exercise classes at the Community Center and cheering on  my favorite MIFC player.  Most of all I love spending quality time with my  husband Ed, son Christopher and our wonderful Island friends and neighbors.


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I want to hear from you!

Come visit our booth at Summer Celebration July 8th and 9th.

Please feel free to reach out to me at DLein4Schools@gmail.com if you would like to join us in the parade.

Listening Tours will resume after Independance Day.

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