April 20, 2014
Seattle native Diane (Brennan) Nelson resides in Seattle. Graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, she has two adult sons and a six year old grandson.
Diane worked downtown for 40 years; mostly in federal service from a clerk/typist to management. She recently retired as Regional Director for the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity within the US Dept of HUD. “The mission of Fair Housing Office is to enforce federal laws that prohibited discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, familial status and disability to ensure that all who are qualified realize one of our most basic needs without discrimination. Individuals contact this Office when they believe they have been treated unfairly in a housing transaction to file complaints. Most cases close with a conciliation agreement or are dismissed as no cause to believe the law(s) was violated. There were those cases when parties refuse to conciliate and because discrimination is found, a charge is issued and the judge decides penalties. It was a great job! I feel very fortunate to have worked in a field that reflects my values—much like the ministries at Plymouth.
“In 1998, I discovered Plymouth’s midweek jazz service ‘Feed Your Soul at Lunchtime’ and was amazed a church community would think to create such an effective service to give folks a chance to reflect and regroup during lunch hour. I attended Plymouth regularly for several years, then entered a spiritual desert, drifting from church to church. Now with Brigitta and Brandon’s leadership, Doug’s powerful music program, the welcome of other parishioners and a variety of opportunities to live our faith in this church community, I am ready to call Plymouth home.
“I look forward to being more involved at Plymouth and pursuing other interests such as walking, hiking, skiing, live arts, reading, entertaining and who knows what else? The possibilities are endless!”