Diana Saquella has a background in education and government relations. She graduated from Towson State University with a degree in early childhood education. After spending a short time in the classroom and a longer time raising two children, she served as Executive Director of a statewide grassroots organization that focused on reform of governmental processes. From 1982 until 1990 she worked with organizations that worked for an umbrella group of both public and private sector employees, representing them on workers’ issues before the Maryland General Assembly. In 2010 she retired from her position at the Maryland State Education Association where she led a team of lobbyists representing teachers and other school personnel before the state legislature on funding, pensions, curriculum, and workload issues. She also consulted on political campaigns around the state in elections years and, between legislative sessions. She and her husband, Tom, live in Grasonville.