Governance


FCNL is composed of two distinct organizations: the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a lobbying organization; and the FCNL Education Fund, a charitable organization. Both are nonpartisan, in the public interest, and governed by members of the Religious Society of Friends.

Young person speaking in front of crowd

Former Young Fellow Annie Boggess gives a presentation at FCNL's Annual Meeting

Friends Committee on National Legislation

FCNL is governed by a General Committee of approximately 180 Friends, the majority of whom have been appointed by 26 Yearly Meetings and seven national Friends' organizations. FCNL is a 501(c)4 organization, and gifts are not tax-deductible.

The General Committee meets each November to conduct business at FCNL's Annual Meeting. The executive and standing committees oversee the program and administration of FCNL between Annual Meetings.

Executive Committee Members

  • Ron Ferguson, Clerk (Chairperson)

  • Bridget Moix, Assistant Clerk

  • Abigail Adams, Recording Clerk

  • Karen Treber, Treasurer

  • Lynn Oberfield

  • Doug McCown

  • Megan Fair

  • Alex Stark

  • Connie Brookes

  • Bill Hobson

  • Emily Temple Abels

  • Lauren Brownlee, At Large, FCNL

  • Diane Randall, FCNL Executive Secretary

Background The World We Seek 

FCNL's Statement of Legislative Policy

This statement of policy embodies our convictions and provides the foundation for our work. It derives from careful discernment by Friends throughout the nation who have identified the fundamental vision that underlies our legislative actions.

2019 Policy Revision Process 

Update to “The World We Seek: Statement of Legislative Policy”

American society, our political order and culture have changed dramatically over the past several years. While some issues and challenges are omnipresent, others have arisen anew. We believe that Friends can play a unique role in discerning and envisioning a more peaceful, just, and inclusive world. We turn to you as we look to revise and update FCNL’s foundational policy document - The World We Seek: Statement of Legislative Policy (Policy Statement).

Legislative Priorities for the 116th Congress 

Since the early days of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), God’s spirit has led Friends to be a prophetic witness and to take action in the world. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) brings Friends’ spiritual values and testimonies to bear on U.S. public policy decisions.

Background Legislative Priorities for Past Congresses 

Every two years, FCNL asks Friends and their meetings, churches, and other groups all over the country to share which of the many public policy issues and questions identified in FCNL’s Policy Statement, “The World We Seek,” they think are most important.

Event FCNL at Yearly Meetings 

Summer 2019 Across the Country

How is Spirit moving through your yearly meeting? Through FCNL’s travel to yearly meetings, we join in meeting for business, hear leadings and concerns, and share the broader work of the Religious Society of Friends as it manifests through the work of FCNL.

FCNL Education Fund

The FCNL Education Fund is a 501(c)3 organization that exists in parallel with FCNL to support the research, analysis and education for which FCNL is known and respected. Gifts are tax-deductible. It is governed by a board appointed by FCNL's Executive Committee.

  • Ron Ferguson, Clerk (Chairperson)

  • Bridget Moix, Assistant Clerk

  • Abigail Adams, Recording Clerk

  • Becky Steele, Treasurer

  • Jonathan Brown

  • Lynn Oberfield

  • Doug McCown

  • Megan Fair

  • Alex Stark

  • Connie Brookes

  • Bill Hobson

  • Emily Temple Abels

  • Diane Randall, FCNL Executive Secretary