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Diane Buckshnis, Council Position #4

Contact Phone:   425.275.7695

Term Expires:     12/31/23


Finance Committee

Salmon Recovery - WRIA 8

Tree Board Liaison  

Lake Ballinger Work Group



Diane grew up in Portland, OR.  She received a scholastic/leadership scholarship from U.S. Bank of Oregon (USNB) and so began her banking career.  She graduated in 1979 from Portland State University with two Bachelor of Science degrees:  Business Administration with Finance minor and Psychology.  At U.S.N.B. she learned all about banking and spent the majority of her career there as an operational auditor and credit examiner.  She left U.S.N.B to set up a credit examining department and write policy for Willamette Savings and Loan, a subsidiary of American Savings and Loan of Utah.  It was during her work at Willamette that the savings and loan debacle began in the mid-80s and she went to work for the government as a federal examiner.  Diane saw most of the US while in this position as she was considered one of the most experienced in credit examining. For this reason, she was asked to participate in the specialized examination of American Continental Corporation (holding company of Lincoln Savings and Loan) which comprised expert examiners from all over the U.S.  This examination led to Charles Keating and others (including Certified Public Accountants) being convicted for bank fraud and racketeering resulting in significant jail time.

As the savings and loan debacle was winding down, the break-up of the Soviet Union was on the forefront.  Diane was solicited by KPMG-Peat Marwick to work –along with a European Union consortium, World Bank, & International Monetary Fund specialists–as a residential advisor in Lithuania assisting their regulatory body in bank auditing, examining, policy, and procedure initiatives providing assistance in stabilizing their economy.  After five years, she then worked in Kazakhstan for a year finishing up their five-year U.S.A.I.D. (U.S. Agency for International Development) contract.

Diane was about to retire when she was solicited by Coastal Environmental Systems Inc., to help manage a $60-million Air Force Contract that entailed deploying manufactured weather systems to Air Force Bases.  During her tenure, she wrote over seven classified, technical manuals, while working with North Pole & N.A.S.A. scientists, as well as Air Force personnel.

Diane retired in 2005 to give back to the citizens of Edmonds and helped establish the non-profit group Off-Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E.) which stewards our dog park.  She also spent five years as a Director for the Edmonds Art Festival in which she helped initiate their first festival recycling program in 2005.  Currently she is active in the Edmonds Garden Floretum Club, Edmonds Senior Center, Off-Leash Area   Edmonds (O.L.A.E.), and Rotary Club of Edmonds.

Diane also supports groups such as National Political Women’s Caucus, League of Women Voters, South-Snohomish County Historical Society, Edmonds Floretum Garden Club, Save Our Marsh, Edmonds in Bloom, Sierra Club, Cascade Chapter, Seattle-Lithuanian Community, Best Friends Network, ASPCA, Paws and the Humane Society.

Diane’s priorities based on my background and experience has always been financial oversight, budgeting and transparency.  Additionally, areas of focus have been environmental protection, sustainable economic development, and maintaining the character of our downtown and neighborhoods.