Meet our Staff

Diane Fink – Executive Director

Diane Fink is the Executive Director of Emerge Maryland. She joined the founding organizing committee in September 2011 and in March of 2012 she was hired as the Executive Director. Since then, Emerge Maryland has become the fastest growing organization dedicated to helping women attain public office in the state.

Diane is a member of the Western Maryland Democratic Caucus, a Board member of the Frederick Community Action Agency and Secretary of the Board of the Friends for Neighborhood Progress in Frederick. She is also a member of the National Community Action Foundation.

Prior to joining Emerge, Diane worked as legislative staff in the Maryland General Assembly.

In 2006, elected by popular vote, she served two terms for a total of 8 years on the Frederick County Democratic State Central Committee. During that time she chaired the Candidates and Campaigns sub-Committee and edited and published the newsletter, The Banner.

Diane began working for local political campaigns in 2001. She worked at all levels from canvasser to manager, field operations director to consultant on federal, state, and local races.

She has two grown children and lives with her husband in Frederick County, Maryland.

Donna Penkova – Administrative Assistant