After 15 years as a litigator with Irsfeld, Irsfeld & Younger in Glendale, CA, where she was the first female partner in the firm’s then-80+ year history, Diane Walker began her career in education with the Antelope Valley Union High School District in 1999 as a teacher at, and later Co-Coordinator of, the Law & Government Academy at Highland High School. Following billets as a CTE/ROP Program Specialist and CTE/College and Career Readiness Coordinator, Diane is currently the Director of Industry Liaison and Post-Secondary Partnerships for the district, liaising with Antelope Valley College and other post-secondary institutions to create opportunities for students. Likewise, she collaborates with community representatives on the AV Board of Trade (as a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary, and Co-Chair of the Education Committee), AV Career Prep Council, and Antelope Valley East Kern STEM Network (where she serves as a member of the Steering Committee), among others. She also serves as the California Project Lead the Way AV Regional Leader. Diane coordinates the Salute to Youth: The Career Connection event, at which regional exhibitors provide 2,000+ students annually with interactive college and career preparation information. Diane is a Past President and current Awards Chair of the California Association for Career and Technical Education, and is a member of the ACTE Region V Policy Committee serving 16 western states. Diane received her B.A. degree in Political Science, magna cum laude, from California State University at Northridge, and her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Pepperdine University, where she was a Managing Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review.