Diane Carol Bast is The Heartland Institute's executive editor and finance manager.She edits and oversees production of the QPR membership newsletter and all books, policy studies, e-newsletters, and other policy publications produced by Heartland. Bast has edited or written more than 160 studies and 20 books on state and local public policy.
Bast is also Heartland’s finance manager, doing day-to-day accounting and financial reporting, working with Heartland’s outside auditors, and helping draft the organization’s annual budget. She also manages Heartland's compliance with reporting requirements of the federal and state governments.
She served on the board of directors of the Advocates for Self Government from 2009 to December 2016. Prior to joining The Heartland Institute in February 1987, Bast was coeditor of the bimonthly magazine Nomos. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and constitutional law from the University of Wisconsin.