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

Update Equity and Justice -- for All 

On any given day, I am outraged and saddened by the violence of injustice in the world. Yesterday it was Philando Castile and the day before that it was Alton Sterling. This morning, we wake to the murders of police officers in Dallas. The week before that it was the violence against civilians in Baghdad, Ankara, Orlando. That’s only the past 30 days.

Letter FCNL Supports Executive Order on Genocide and Atrocities 

Executive Secretary Diane Randall writes to Senators in support of the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Background The Supreme Court and Good Government 

The Senate has a job to do, and so does the president. The death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia sets the constitutional process in motion for the president to nominate a new Supreme Court justice — and for the Senate to provide "advice and consent" on the nomination.

Update Hope in Paris 

We hold Paris in the Light. Even as the grief of the deaths, injuries and emotional damage perpetrated by the criminal rampages of terror in Paris on November 13 begin healing, millions of people around the globe are sending their prayers and hopes for action on climate as world leaders convene in Paris beginning November 30.

Update Paris, Beirut, and Syria 

The temptation to react to violence with fear and more violence is strong. The recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut are tragic and demand a response. But a response based on fear will not lead to security or peace. A response based on fear can lead to the sacrifice of the very freedoms we cherish.

Statement Statement on Climate Encyclical 

Moral Courage and Climate Change

The Friends Committee on National Legislation joins with people of all faiths who are excited and grateful at the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Praised Be: On the Care of our Common Home.”

Update How Do We Act Justly 

The shocking murder of nine African-American people by a young white man in a Charleston, South Carolina church last week has focused the country on the sad fact that racial hatred leading to deadly violence is alive in our country.

Spirit-Led Social Action 

Carey Lecture, Baltimore Yearly Meeting

My message is simple: I believe that a Spirit led life leaves us no choice but social action.

Walking in the Light 

Plenary Address to Great Plains Yearly Meeting

We seek a world free of war and the threat of war We seek a society with equity and justice for all We seek a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled We seek an earth restored

Powerful Beyond Measure: Trusting the Call to Leadership Exercising Our Citizenship 

Plenary Address to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Assuming there may be people in this Meeting who might find dissonance between Quakerism and leadership, consider three key practices of both our faith and of leadership: listening, trusting, and acting.