Young Adult Alumni

Connecting past participants of FCNL's young adult programs.

Since FCNL welcomed its first intern in 1968, you and hundreds of other young adults have shaped FCNL’s prophetic, persistent, and powerful work for peace, justice, and a sustainable earth. You are part of a remarkable network of people whose lives continue to speak in the world.

No matter where your life takes you, we invite you to stay connected with each other and FCNL – as a donor, an advocate, a member of our governing committee, or a mentor to current young adults in our programs.

Group photo of FCNL young adult program alums at Annual Meeting 2019

FCNL Young Adult Program alums at Annual Meeting 2018

Share Your News

What is happening in your life, personally or professionally, that you would like to share with your fellow alumni?

Get to Know Today’s Young Adult Leaders

Meet the most recent FCNL Young Fellows, Advocacy Corps organizers, and summer interns.

Four FCNL Alums smiling
Four FCNL Alums smiling

[LEFT] Amy Wilson, Tara Coles, Joshua Rodin, Joanna McMann, Young Fellows 1992-1993 [RIGHT] Spring Lobby Weekend 2019 Joe Molieri

Spread the Word

Share information about FCNL’s young adult programs to help recruit the next generation of advocates. Let the young adults in your life know about these opportunities.

Work with FCNL Young Fellows Program 

Application deadline for 2021-2022 is Feb. 15, 2021

Recent college graduates spend 11 months working with key staff members at FCNL to build expertise in advocacy from a public interest perspective.

Work with FCNL Summer Internship 

Application Deadline for Summer 2021: March 26, 2021

Work remotely with FCNL's staff throughout June and July to advance our witness for peace on Capitol Hill. FCNL offers several paid summer internships that provide a broad introduction to federal policy, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit management.

Work with FCNL Advocacy Corps 

Application deadline for 2021-2022 will be April 12, 2021

As an Advocacy Corps organizer, you'll connect local activists and leaders with your members of Congress to affect big, long-term change. You'll also learn critical organizing skills and put them into practice with hands-on leadership experience.

Event Spring Lobby Weekend  

Save the Date: March 20-23, 2021

At Spring Lobby Weekend 2021, hundreds of students, recent grads, Quakers, and young adults will gather to learn and virtually lobby Congress.

Support FCNL’s Young Adult Program

Your gifts enable FCNL to continue offering premier training programs for young adults and help make these opportunities accessible to more people.


Meet FCNL Alumni

Sergio Mata-Cisneros

Sergio Mata-Cisneros crossing the street at Spring Lobby Weekend 2019

Sergio has been heavily involved in FCNL since 2016. He served as an Advocacy Corps Organizer in 2016-2017, a summer intern in 2018, a (three time) Spring Lobby Weekend delegation leader, and is now a Young Fellow at FCNL. He recently graduated from Houghton College with a degree in political theology. Sergio says, “Since we are not partisan, being able to work with people who wouldn’t normally agree and being able to find common ground is something that I learned at FCNL.” He is excited to be living in DC and starting his work as a program assistant in for FCNL’s Strategic Advocacy Team.

Ellen Nissenbaum

Ellen was a program assistant under Ruth Flower on the domestic team in 1981-1982. When she first applied to the program, she wanted to work in international issues, but was placed on the domestic team. Since then she has devoted her life since then to domestic policy.

'The FCNL program was critical in shaping my work and my approach to advocacy.'

Ellen said, “The FCNL program was critical in shaping my work and my approach to advocacy—grounded in facts, in strong values, and in insisting we focus on those in our society who don't have enough to eat, don't have health care, lack access to education and jobs.”

Ellen lives in DC and has worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for the past 35 years.

Elizabeth Beavers

Elizabeth Beavers

Elizabeth started as a program assistant in 2013 working with Matt Southworth on foreign policy. She eventually became a lobbyist on militarism and civil liberties. Before coming to FCNL, Elizabeth worked in corporate law, and saw her opportunity at FCNL as a huge career shift. “It has unlocked the door to the amazing career path I am in now,” she says. Elizabeth has recently started her own policy consulting firm, EB Consulting, where she advises advocacy work on peace and security and designs legislative strategy. “I learned how to unapologetically advocate for that radical idea [of peace].”