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.


Articles by Diane Randall

Update FCNL and the Trump Administration 

What now? Like many of you across the country who care deeply about peace and justice, FCNL staff is closely watching the actions of the incoming Trump administration

Update Holding Congress Accountable 

We are ready. Our lobbyists are ready. FCNL grassroots advocates are ready. In fact, we have already begun lobbying on the issues that will be front and center in the first 100 days of the new administration and the new Congress.

Update Your Power and FCNL Advocacy Teams 

As we see how the political changes in Washington will affect people across the country, we know that motivating Congress to act is essential. That’s where you have power—to be persistent advocates for justice and peace with your members of Congress.

Update Healing the Heart of Democracy: Annual Meeting Message 

How do we respond to the political offenses that tear at the dignity of human beings—based on their religion, their ethnic background, their gender, their appearance? How do we respond to our neighbors, our relatives, our co-workers who want to “drain the swamp” that they perceive is Washington, DC?

Update Looking Forward 

The stark political divide in the American electorate—so evident in this presidential campaign—makes our lobbying here in Washington tougher than ever. But you can count on FCNL to be right here on Capitol Hill, working relentlessly for peace and justice.

Update Now Is the Time: VOTE 

Now is the time to exercise a fundamental benefit of our citizenship: VOTE in this election.

Letter Reject a Religious Test for Refugees 

Executive Secretary Diane Randall wrote a letter to Senator Ted Cruz (TX) in response to remarks he made during a Senate Judiciary hearing on the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

Background The Possibilities 

We recognize that building peace and countering injustice require systemic change as well as personal change. This change requires us to be directly involved as constituents. It requires us to evaluate the candidates and vote for the people we believe are best qualified to lead our country and to govern fairly—even if those candidates don’t represent us on every issue.

Update Let's Talk About Fear 

We have fears about harm that could happen to us and harm that could happen to our loved ones. These fears cause us to do all kinds of things to protect ourselves and our property—including buying expensive security systems and fortifying ourselves with weapons.

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.