1. Background

Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute 2019 Speakers

August 1, 2019


We have an exciting line-up of speakers scheduled for FCNL's Quaker Public Policy Institute and Annual Meeting, November 13-17. We hope you will be able to join us!


Note: Speakers will be added to this page as they are confirmed.

Benigno Sánchez-Eppler

Benigno Sánchez-Eppler

Worship Leader

Benigno Sánchez-Eppler first worshiped with Quakers in 1981 at Jesus Lane, Cambridge, England, and is now a member of Northampton Friends in New England Yearly Meeting. He has worked with Cuban and New England Friends to create an on-going sister yearly meeting relationship.

Benigno has traveled in the ministry to Cuba, Peru, Bolivia, Central America, US Pacific Northwest, Rwanda, and Ireland. His work for the Friends World Committee for Consultation includes interpreting, translating, leading the 2014 Quaker Youth Pilgrimage in Peru and Bolivia, and clerking FWCC, Section of the Americas, from 2015 to 2019.

He teaches at Amherst College, and at the Cuban Quaker Peace Institute of Cuba Yearly Meeting. Together with Susan Furry he is a founding co-editor and translator for www.raicescuaqueras.org, an on-line library of Quaker classics in Spanish.

Diana Ohlbaum

FCNL Senior Strategist and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy

Diana Ohlbaum, Senior Strategist and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy

Diana Ohlbaum directs FCNL’s foreign policy lobbying team and leads an effort to replace the current U.S. foreign policy paradigm of military domination and national superiority with a more ethical and effective one based on cooperation and mutual respect.

She brings to FCNL nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill, where she served as a senior professional staff member of both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She is currently a member of the executive committees of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and the Center for International Policy, and serves on the Advisory Council of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Russian studies from Amherst College.

Heather Brandon-Smith

Heather Brandon-Smith

FCNL Legislative Director, Militarism and Human Rights

Heather Brandon-Smith is FCNL’s Legislative Director for Militarism and Human Rights. Heather leads FCNL’s work to repeal the 2001 authorization for war, promote respect for human rights and international law, and reduce U.S. armed interventions around the world.

Heather is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Politics and International Relations, an LL.B., and an LL.M. from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.