Diana Rickert is Vice President of the Liberty Justice Center. As LJC’s second in command, she has been instrumental in developing and executing LJC’s exponential growth to a multi-million dollar, national public interest law firm. Of particular note, Diana led the media and public affairs efforts for LJC’s seminal U.S. Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME, which freed government employees from mandatory and expensive union dues. She also developed the Stand With Workers brand and media campaign, which spread the news of the Janus case, and the rights it created, to thousands of government workers, galvanizing them to exercise these new Janus rights. She is considered a communications expert by national conservative organizations such as the State Policy Network, and speaks widely on her approach to crafting a narrative with national appeal that wins on big issues.
Prior to joining LJC, Diana built and led the Illinois Policy Institute’s robust communications and earned media shop. While at IPI, she placed dozens of opinion pieces in top tier news outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, and led critical policy efforts such as IPI’s successful campaign in 2014 to block state tax increases in Illinois. She was also a monthly columnist for five years at the Chicago Tribune, Chicago’s largest newspaper.
Diana started her career as a journalist at the age of 15, when she was hired by the Chicago Daily Herald. As a student at Marquette University, she started an award-winning conservative paper, The Warrior, which in just two years surpassed the readership of Marquette’s existing campus paper. She has also worked for publications such as the Associated Press, The Northwest Herald, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Diana holds a B.A. from Marquette University in Journalism and Political Science. She lives outside Chicago with her husband Charles and their two daughters.
Contact Diana at [email protected].