1. Background

Staff


Our staff brings together expertise in professional and constituent lobbying with strong fundraising and operations support.

Leadership Team

Diane Randall

  • Executive Secretary

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.

Adlai Amor

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Communications

As Associate Executive Secretary for Communications, Adlai Amor leads FCNL’s communications team to build its presence in all media platforms, oversee the organization’s marketing, and provide a strategic direction for all communications.

Barbara Price Monahan

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Development

Barbara Price Monahan leads FCNL’s efforts to raise annual, capital and planned gifts that support FCNL’s advocacy, education and outreach. Barbara and her staff are responsible for raising over $3.8 million per year in general operating support from individuals, foundations and organizations, including Quaker meetings and churches.

Jim Cason

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy

Jim Cason is responsible for directing the full range of FCNL’s strategic advocacy work. In this capacity, he works with program staff to develop long term change strategies that accomplish our particular legislative goals.

Thomas Swindell

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Finance and Administration

Thomas Swindell leads financial, administrative, and facilities operations at FCNL. Thomas and his staff are responsible for managing financial planning, budgeting, accounting, information technology, facilities, and general administration.

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Staff

Adrienne Peters

  • Assistant to the Executive Secretary

Adrienne Peters is the Assistant to the Executive Secretary, Diane Randall. She provides administrative support and serves as a liaison to FCNL constituents, sustainers, and governing committees.

Alex Frandsen

  • Program Assistant, Communications

Alex Frandsen is the Program Assistant for Communications. Through close collaboration with the office’s various teams, he strives to highlight the impact made by FCNL and connect our messaging with the outside world.

Alicia McBride

  • Director of Integrated Strategy and Impact

Alicia McBride works across the organization to improve cross-team strategy development and how FCNL assesses and communicates about its effectiveness. She is also responsible for planning FCNL’s fall Annual Meeting and the Quaker Public Policy Institute and Lobby Day.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.

Andre Gobbo

  • Domestic Policy Associate

Andre Gobbo adds capacity to the Domestic Policy team by handling constituent queries, writing action alerts and sign-on letters, assisting with lobbying visits, creating informational content, supporting coalition relationships, and helping execute FCNL’s legislative strategies. He primarily works on issues relating to economic justice and gun violence prevention but also assists other domestic policy initiatives. He also serves as the co-chair of the Policy & Advocacy subcommittee within the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition.

Annie Chiorazzi

  • Events Manager

Annie organizes and executes FCNL’s major events including the Quaker Public Policy Institute, Annual Meeting, and Spring Lobby Weekend. These events host hundreds of Quakers and like-minded folk from around the country to come together to discern our advocacy priorities for the upcoming year and to lobby for passage of legislation in keeping with Quaker values.

Anthony Wier

  • Legislative Secretary, Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Anthony is our lead lobbyist and the director of FCNL's work on nuclear weapons policy and is the key team leader working on our efforts to rein in Pentagon spending. He is also responsible for maintaining FCNL’s Nuclear Calendar and for representing FCNL with the various coalitions that work on these issues.

Ashley Wilson

  • Grasstops Advocacy Manager

Ashley Wilson is FCNL’s Grasstops Advocacy Manager. As part of the strategic advocacy team, she supports the lobbying efforts of individuals who have – or are poised to develop – strong relationships with Members of Congress.

Ato Stephens

  • Facilities Coordinator

Ato Stephens is the Facilities Coordinator at FCNL. He works with the Associate Executive Secretary of Finance, Building, and Administration to support all aspects of the stewardship, maintenance, and building operations of FCNL's offices and Quaker Welcome Center.

Candace Bailey

  • Office Coordinator

As FCNL’s Office Coordinator, Candace supports staff through facilitating the daily operations of the office. Her primary responsibilities are to create a welcoming and organized environment while ensuring that all incoming mail, calls, packages and visitors reach their appropriate destinations.

Chris Kearns-McCoy

  • Program Assistant, Communications

Chris Kearns-McCoy works with various teams within FCNL to lift up important issues and work, and to share stories of that work in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. He is passionate about connecting our inspiring network to the FCNL's work through various digital media platforms.

Christine Ashley

  • Quaker Field Secretary

Christine Ashley has the honor of nurturing and deepening FCNL’s relationships with Friends across the United States. In this role, Christine develops and sustains FCNL's engagement with individuals both within the Religious Society of Friends and with seekers for the Quaker way of living Faith in to action.

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.

Emily Sajewski

  • Senior Visual Arts Manager

Emily Sajewski works with the Communications team to engage FCNL’s network through social media. As FCNL’s graphic designer, Emily visually enhances and brands the work FCNL does with Congress and in communities. Examples of her work include designing the bi-monthly Washington Newsletter, event collateral, promotional materials, online visuals, and organizational publications.

Emily Wirzba

  • Legislative Manager, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba leads FCNL’s lobbying work to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. Emily meets with members of Congress and their staff to promote FCNL's environmental priorities. She also works closely with FCNL's network across the country to organize constituents to lobby, write, and advocate for bipartisan environmental action in Congress. She currently serves as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans lobbies for compassionate immigration policies. Our immigration system should empower immigrants and the American communities to which they belong, lift up the voices of border communities, and ensure adequate protections for refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. Hannah served as co-chair of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition steering committee for three years and still plays an active role in pursuing shared policy priorities of the more than 50 faith-based member organizations.

Heather Brandon-Smith

  • 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.

Jessie Palatucci

  • Senior Digital Communications Manager

Jessie Palatucci manages FCNL’s digital advocacy program and web communications. She writes extensively for FCNL’s digital publications and communicates with advocates throughout the U.S.

José Santos Woss

  • Legislative Manager, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity

José is the Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity. He leads FCNL’s work on criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform (election integrity), and police militarization. He helps to lead the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, an alliance of more than 40 national faith groups advocating to end mass incarceration.

Justin Hurdle

  • Organizing Strategy Associate

Justin Hurdle is a member of the strategic advocacy team, working closely with FCNL’s communications and data teams. Justin is focused on moving Friends who are already engaged in digital advocacy to become active off-line advocates lobbying their elected leaders on FCNL’s legislative priorities.

Kevin M. Twillman

  • Controller

Kevin has over twenty years’ experience in Controllership and FP&A functions. He enjoys working with all levels within organizations to enhance the value of the accounting and finance functions. He believes in making financial data available, understandable and useful.

Keane Sims

  • Accountant

Keane Sims is the Accountant at FCNL. She works with the controller and Associate Executive Secretary of Finance, Building, and Administration to support the accounting team.

Kelsey Beaumont Shaffer

  • Development Database Coordinator

Kelsey Beaumont Shaffer oversees the database processes in the fundraising department and administration of the monthly sustainers program. Kelsey came to FCNL with a fundraising and events background through positions at the Washington Animal Rescue League and Studio Theatre.

Krista Sassaman

  • Annual Fund Director

Krista Sassaman directs FCNL’s Annual Fund program. She is part of a team of three responsible for fundraising through direct mail and digital channels. Before joining the FCNL team, Krista spent 25 years as a fundraising consultant, guiding fundraising strategy for a range of nonprofit missions including conservation, arts, human rights, and health care.

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco

  • Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco manages the Native American Advocacy program lobbying on legislation that affects Native communities. She builds connections between tribes, tribal organizations, and non-Indian allies, particularly among a wide range of faith groups, to ensure tribal needs are addressed.

Larissa Gil Sanhueza

  • Advocacy Corps Coordinator

As the coordinator for FCNL's Advocacy Corps, Larissa Gil Sanhueza manages 20 young adult organizers around the country that lobby on one legislative issue every year. Larissa also oversees recruitment for our Spring Lobby Weekend, a four-day lobbying and educational event.

Lisa Forrest

  • Development Assistant

Lisa Forrest helps FCNL to thank its generous donors, processes their gifts, and is part of the team that keeps the organization’s donor database up to date. Born in central Pennsylvania, Lisa came to Washington, DC to attend George Washington University as a theater major, and has been a proud Washingtonian ever since.

Mary Comfort Ferrell

  • Planned Giving Director

As FCNL's Planned Giving Director, Mary Comfort Ferrell accompanies our supporters in thinking about how you might let your life speak for future generations at FCNL. She provides friends with information about how you can support FCNL through your will, estate, or gifts that pay income for life.

Riley Robinson

  • Major Gifts Officer

As a Major Gifts Officer, Riley Robinson enjoys witnessing the creative, effective work of FCNL staff members in Washington and in hearing of their travels around the country. He is equally moved by the enthusiasm and commitment of FCNL volunteers and supporters, as well as the respect that Friends everywhere hold for the FCNL policy process. He says, “Good legislation isn’t just about principled wording. It’s about lives improved and dollars saved, and we can all have a hand in that.”

Sania Shaffi

  • Development Assistant

Sania Shaffi works as the development assistant at FCNL. Her responsibilities include processing donations and researching donor prospects. Additionally, she supports the development team with the monthly donor program.

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

  • Advocacy Teams Trainer

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert recruits, trains and supports Advocacy Teams around the country to develop deep advocacy skills to lobby political leaders for peace and justice. Sarah contributes to the strategic development of the FCNL Advocacy Teams through outreach, team-building and problem-solving to expand a robust, self-sustaining network of grassroots advocates.

Sarah Kennedy

  • Major Gifts Officer

As a Major Gifts Officer, Sarah Kennedy connects with individuals advocating for peace, justice, opportunity, and an earth restored. Traveling around the country, she focuses on linking passionate individuals with FCNL’s work.

Sara Robich

  • Data Systems Manager

Sara Robich is responsible for maximizing the capacity of FCNL’s data systems to provide effective and efficient flows for various uses throughout the organization. She oversees FCNL’s overall data integrity, manages multiple data streams, carries out various cross-departmental data projects, and develops strategies for improving data capabilities.

Sergio Mata-Cisneros

  • Program Assistant, Young Adult Outreach

Sergio Mata-Cisneros is the Program Assistant for Young Adult Outreach. He works alongside FCNL's Advocacy Corps Coordinator, Larissa Gil Sanhueza. Together they’re building FCNL’s young adult network and advocacy throughout the country.

Shoshana Abrams

  • Advocacy Teams Manager

As FCNL’s Advocacy Teams Manager, Shoshana Abrams is responsible for deepening and expanding our Advocacy Teams program, a network of hundreds of Quakers and friends lobbying to build congressional champions for peace and justice.

Shukria Dellawar

  • Legislative Representative for the Prevention of Violent Conflict

Shukria Dellawar is FCNL's Legislative Associate for the Prevention of Violent Conflict and the Coordinator of the Prevention and Protection Working Group. She has served as a peace and security expert, human rights advocate, and a gender specialist.

Stephen Donahoe

  • Director of Major Gifts

Stephen Donahoe travels around the country, getting to know some of FCNL’s most loyal supporters. His focus is visiting with individual supporters to help make the connection between their interests and resources and opportunities to support FCNL’s work. He also often speaks at meetings, churches and other groups. He approaches fundraising and philanthropy as spiritual practices.

Thandie Masilela

  • Budget and Financial Analyst

Thandie Masilela is the Budget and Financial Analyst at FCNL. She works with the controller and Associate Executive Secretary of Finance, Building, and Administration to support the accounting team.

Timothy McHugh

  • Director of Media Relations

Tim leads organizational efforts to communicate about issues, victories, priorities, and updates through all available news channels – specifically the major media outlets. He is responsible for providing FCNL staff with opportunities to convey our message – in print and through the airways – to the public and throughout the country. He keeps FCNL issues and staff on the collective radars of reporters and journalists nationwide. Lastly, he runs FCNL several media-focused social media channels.

Tonya Childers

  • Director of Human Resources

Tonya Childers is FCNL’s Director of Human Resources. Her role is to develop and execute HR strategies to align with FCNL's vision. She is responsible for the full spectrum of HR functions including recruitment, performance management, benefits, employee relations, training, and more. She also creates policies, supports employee development and serves as a strategic partner for management. This involves regularly engaging with FCNL staff at all levels to understand and meet their needs in an effort to drive success.

Consultants

Cindy Darcy

  • Consultant, Native American Policy

Cindy Darcy’s 30-plus years serving as an advocate for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments in the public policy arena began at FCNL. From 1982-1989, she served as the Native American advocate for FCNL, working first as a volunteer with the Mennonite Central Committee and later supported by a broader group of religious organizations.

Teresa Rugg

  • Consultant, Advocacy Teams Trainer

Teresa Rugg supports new and prospective Advocacy Teams to launch and develop deep advocacy skills. Since 2004, Teresa has been immersed into the world of grassroots advocacy.

Theo Sitther

  • Advocacy Teams Trainer

As an Advocacy Team Trainer, Theo provides teams with extra support to be strong communities and advocates.