Council Member Diane Williams is a native Californian. She attended school in Upland and Ontario including Chaffey High School and Chaffey College.
Diane and her husband Paul have been married 50 years and have lived in Rancho Cucamonga over 39 years. Paul is retired after 32 years with Southern California Gas Company. Their daughter lives in Washington and their son and his wife live in Highland.
Diane was employed by the Alta Loma Elementary School District before opening “The Home Office”, a business support service. She subsequently worked with San Bernardino County Schools as a Business Liaison developing local business partnerships to establish job-shadowing and internship opportunities for high school students.
Early civic participation included the drive for incorporation, Girl Scouts, PTSA, soccer, and creation of Friends of the Library in 1982 to pursue withdrawal from the County branch library system and the establishment of a city library. The Rancho Cucamonga Public Library opened in 1994. Diane and Paul chaired the creation of the Friends of the Library bookstore including display construction and development of the volunteer program and store procedures. They volunteered thousands of hours in the Archibald Library bookstore. As long time volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Grape Harvest Festival, they produced the popular “Grape Stomp” for several years. Paul and Diane were instrumental in the PAL (Promoting Arts and Literacy) campaign to raise funds for the Cultural Center.
Diane also serves on the board of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for the Arts and Crafts and is a member of the Rotary Club of Rancho Cucamonga; she chairs the all-city track meet each spring. Diane served in founding roles with the West End YMCA’s “West End Kids Club”, the San Bernardino County Gangs and Drugs Task Force, and the Terra Vista Children’s Forum.
Diane’s local history interests include the Etiwanda Historical Society’s Chaffey-Garcia house and the restoration of the Regina Winery property, returning it once again to a working winery. She also worked with Chaffey Community Art Association to establish an art gallery at the winery site. She is presently pursuing a Pacific Electric Railway museum in the historic Etiwanda train station and the completion of the Pacific Electric bicycle/pedestrian trail as a seven-mile Rails-to-Trails project. The first phase of the trail opened in 2007.
Since 1992 Diane has served as a city representative on the San Bernardino County Local Formation Commission (LAFCO). She represented San Bernardino County on the Gas Company’s Consumer Advisory Council studying de-regulation issues. Diane sat with the Mayor on the Route 30/210 Task Force to develop and oversee mitigating measures ensuring the freeway would be a positive addition to the city. Diane serves as the city’s representative on the board of San Bernardino County Association of Governments (SANBAG) and the Metrolink board of directors. Diane was elected to the City Council in 1990 and re-elected in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014.