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

Letter Marking World Refugee Day, FCNL Urges Increased Refugee Resettlement 

FCNL joined over 30 organizations throughout the month of June, urging members of Congress every day to call for the administration to value refugees and their contributions to U.S. communities.

FCNL Urges Pennsylvania Attorney General to defend the Indian Child Welfare Act 

FCNL Executive Secretary Diane Randall submitted a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro urging him to deny a request from the State of Texas to support a legal challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Update The Power of Young Voices 

Next Monday, nearly 500 young adults will swarm Capitol Hill to lobby their members of Congress on immigration reform, and I can hardly wait! Before they meet with Members of Congress and their staffs, they will have a weekend of training and briefings on the issue of immigration, the status of the debate in Washington, and how to get the most out of a lobby visit.

Action Alert More than Prayers: Tell Congress to Act 

The time is now for thoughts, prayers, and action on gun violence. This is the moment for bold gun legislation: comprehensive reforms that address the whole problem of gun violence, from mass shootings to everyday gun deaths.

Action Alert Still No Deal for Dreamers 

The ink is barely dry on a budget deal whipped up at the last minute in Congress, but here's what we know

Update This Is What Democracy Looks Like 

Last Saturday, along with millions of women and men, I participated in the Women’s March and heard the familiar refrain: THIS is what democracy looks like.

FCNL in the News A Civil and Productive Discourse Will Emerge, Out of Necessity 

2017 saw a wave of increased activism from millions of people across the country who made their voices heard at unprecedented levels…This aroused passion for social justice will grow in 2018.

Update In the Time it Takes You to Read This... 

The Pentagon will spend $2,283,044. And that amount is only set to increase in the budget proposals we’ve seen.

Update A Letter from an Incarcerated Friend 

Earlier this month, we received a letter from Mark, who is currently incarcerated. He wrote to let us know how much he appreciated FCNL’s resources on criminal justice reform. He was also wondering if we could provide insights into some of the pieces of legislation making their way through Congress. In his letter, Mark mentioned that he is helping write sentence reduction appeals for other prisoners, and he wants to make sure he's current on the most recent changes in the law.

How We Prevent War with North Korea 

We face the most urgent threat of nuclear war in a generation as tensions rise with North Korea -- and we're working relentlessly on Capitol Hill and around the country to advance a different approach to North Korea.