Diana Rohini receives Alex Lee’s Unsung Hero Award

Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) Board Member, Diana Rohini LaVigne recently received the Assemblymember Alex Lee’s Unsung Hero award.

This was at the Fremont Downtown Event Center to an audience of 300+ community leaders, elected officials, and awardee supporters.

The Unsung Heroes Awards

The Unsung Heroes Awards are given to individuals that tirelessly serve the community selflessly. Diana Rohini has a long history of working with the community to get kids out into nature.

She helps families with small kids, through group-led camping trips in the bay area, exploring and discovering nature and the great outdoors.

Over the past 20 years of hosting camping trips, 3,500+ campers have participated in her camping trips which are geared towards BIPOC communities and are LGBTQ+ inclusive.

Brief history on Diana Rohini

With 25+ years of journalism/communications experience, she was the Chief Communications Officer for the health department, served as ED for several non-profit organizations, and held corporate leadership positions.

With a BA from Harvard University and MA from Hebrew University, she has 500+ published articles.

She’s received several awards for her work, including the Distinguished Service Award by the California Legislature Assembly, Certificate of Recognition by the California State Senate, and Event Chair of the Year Award.

She lived in the Middle East and Africa and traveled extensively in Antarctica, Australia, Asia, and Europe. She has been a speaker and emcee for hundreds of events.


Diana Rohini LaVigne, Board Member at The Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE)

As a certified California Naturalist and Environmental and Outdoor educator, she focuses on efforts to get youth and BIPOC families into nature.

Diana Rohini uses her platform to work within the intersection between youth, nature, and health.

Thoughts from the members

“Diana Rohini LaVigne is receiving the 2023 Unsung Hero award in celebration of everything she does to serve our community with special appreciation for her dedicated efforts (in) helping families experience nature.”

“She does this by leading group camping trips that nurture a love for natural spaces for young people in our community. Congratulations, and thank you for all that you do!” reads Assemblymember Lee’s recognition.

“Congratulations to Diana Rohini for her commitment to the community and receiving this well-deserved award. On behalf of the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.”

“We thank the Assemblymember Alex Lee for recognizing the impact Diana Rohini has in her community, and throughout the state,” said Estrella Risinger, Executive Director, AEOE.

Diana Rohni added, “I am so honoured to receive this prestigious award from an outstanding elected official, Assembly member Alex Lee.”

“While I don’t work in the community for the accolades, it is exciting to receive this award. I look forward to continuing efforts to move the needle forward in environmental education.”

“My wish is to get all kids out into nature exploring more,” she said in conclusion.