I am Diana Hird, a wife, mother and fully engaged citizen of Cold Spring and the Hudson Valley. I am a New Yorker: a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Williams College, and Fordham University School of Law.
My professional background spans a broad range of experience—from federal service to Wall Street and employment in the corporate world. I practiced business law for fifteen years helping trades people and executives negotiate the world of commerce. I worked briefly on Wall Street—structuring derivatives—where it did not take me long to discover that underneath the confusion of these complex financial instruments was a simple shell game. As an Enforcement Division attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, I peeled away layers of concealment to uncover fraud. My career has been, in essence, an effort to bring clarity and understanding to otherwise confusing matters.
Most recently, I was drawn to volunteer as a community advocate in the City of Newburgh. I found myself using skills developed as a lawyer to pinpoint and identify government programs that could help the community. There I found that though many of these programs had impressive websites and glossy communications, they lacked any real community or social utility—beyond serving as marketing opportunities for politicians at the expense of the populace.
I have always prided myself on an ability (and willingness) to notice when “the emperor has no clothes,” together with the willingness (and courage) to speak up. It has been my career and life experience that when these skills are applied, creative problem-solving follows naturally.
I have respect for government and the democratic process but it seems that the conversation between government and the citizenry has become confused and diminished by politics. This is why I have decided to enter the District 18 Democratic race for the US Congress.