Diane Randall

Diane Randall is the Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Diane leads FCNL’s staff to effectively educate and lobby for the policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL’s General Committee. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all.

Diane believes that Friends prophetic witness to work for a world that practices peace, equality, community, integrity and simplicity is often at odds with political life. This effort to pursue truth and to see ‘that of God in every person we meet’ are disciplines that shape FCNL’s patient and persistent approach to lobbying for legislation that can help create a more peaceful and just world.

Diane came to FCNL in March, 2011 as the fourth Executive Secretary. Diane has led FCNL’s program expansion, including adding lobbyists and new programs to engage grassroots citizens, young adults and more Quakers to lobby for peace, justice and a sustainable planet. Diane travels widely on behalf of FCNL and represents a voice for Quaker advocacy in Washington on the Hill, within the faith community, in media, and throughout the United States.

Before coming to FCNL, Diane was Executive Director of Partnership for Strong Communities, a Connecticut-based non-profit organization providing leadership, advocacy, and policy development on solutions to homelessness, affordable housing and community development. Diane began her career as a high school English teacher and started working for peace in 1983 as the executive director of the Omaha Nuclear Freeze Campaign. Diane relocated to Connecticut in 1986 where she directed the state Network to Abolish the Death Penalty and worked for the Office of Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Hartford, launching a twenty-year career lobbying the state legislature. During that time, Diane became the first Executive Director of the Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition.

Diane is a convinced Friend, and a member of Hartford Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting.

Diane is a convinced Friend, and a member of Hartford Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting. Diane currently worships with Langley Hill Friends in Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and she relishes worshiping with Friends across the country while traveling for FCNL. She serves on the Corporation of Haverford College. She previously served on the Sidwell Friends School Board of Trustees, the Board of Advisors of the Earlham School of Religion, the CT Housing Finance Authority Board, the CT Public Defender Services Commission and the West Hartford Board of Education. Diane graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S in Education. She is married to Roger Catlin and is the mother of Alex, Lillie and Nora; she always appreciates spending time with her family.

Diane enjoys walking in Washington, DC and in the natural world, reading literature and non-fiction, and cooking from the local farmer’s market.

dianerandall@fcnl.org

Articles by Diane Randall

Press Release Religious Leaders Concerned by Threats to DACA 

Religious leaders, including FCNL's Executive Secretary Diane Randall, expressed concern at new reports that President Trump is seriously considering ending a program that protects 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.

Update Power and Persistence 

Nevertheless, we persisted. We lobbied our members of Congress, we marched and we vigiled, we wrote letters to the editor and we prayed. And we won!

Press Release FCNL Applauds Bipartisan Introduction of the Dream Act 

Administration, Congress Must Affirm Dreamer Protection and Expeditiously Pass the Dream Act of 2017

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers) applauds the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017, introduced today by Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) joined by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY). This legislation outlines a path for Dreamers to become full and flourishing citizens of the country in which they grew up.

Action Alert Senate Preparing to Vote to Cut Medicaid for Millions 

This is the time to act on health care. The Senate is preparing to vote next week on a bill that would radically cut back health care – in every state – for people who are poor, elderly, or children. Your action now is critically important.

Action Alert Alaska: Ask Senator Murkowski to Protect Medicaid 

A message to Alaskans from Executive Secretary Diane Randall

Action Alert Nevada: Ask Senator Heller to Protect Medicaid 

A message to Nevadans from Executive Secretary Diane Randall

Action Alert West Virginia: Ask Senator Capito to Protect Medicaid 

A message to West Virginians from Executive Secretary Diane Randall

Action Alert Maine: Ask Senator Collins to Protect Medicaid 

A message to Mainers from Executive Secretary Diane Randall

Action Alert Ohio: Ask Senator Portman to Protect Medicaid 

A message to Ohioans from Executive Secretary Diane Randall

Update A Bipartisan Success Story 

Bob Schultz is on a mission. He is determined to help build bipartisan congressional support for action on climate change, which he believes is the greatest moral issue of our time.