Diane Hullet grew up in Michigan, where she sailed in the summer and skied in the winter. Skiing led naturally to the mountains of Colorado, so she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated summa cum laude in 1987, with a B.A. in English. While attending CU, she and her husband, Russ, worked as peer counselors – organizing freshman orientations and advising students. They married in 1988 and moved to San Francisco, where both attended graduate school. Diane graduated with an M.A. in Education from Stanford University in 1990. She taught from 1990-1995, first at a public middle school in California and then at September School in Boulder, a private high school. In 1996, she began teaching workshops in “process painting”, using paint as a tool for creative expression and self-exploration. She trained and worked primarily with Michele Cassou, a Bay-area based painter and author, and traveled to teach at studios around the country, including Taos, Esalen, San Rafael, and Chicago. At that time, Diane also began to develop her passions in personal investment and philanthropy, joining two family foundation boards and serving as board chair for the Women Donors Network from 2000-2004. She continued to teach workshops in “process painting” through 2004, when parenting arrived in the form of an 11-month old daughter adopted from China. In 2011, the Hullets added another daughter from China, who arrived fully-fledged at 3 1/2 years old. Both girls have attended Friends School since preschool. Diane loves to ski, paint, sew, read and hike.