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.

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.

Jeri Rhodes

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Finance and Administration

Jeri Rhodes is responsible for the financial, administrative and facilities operations at FCNL. She directs the team managing financial planning, budgeting, accounting, human resources, personnel, information technology, facilities and general administration.

Jim Cason

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy, Legislative Director for Foreign Policy

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. He also leads the lobbying of the foreign policy team.

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Alicia McBride

  • Communications Director

Alicia McBride interprets and oversees the presentation of the organization to external audiences, such as Quakers, donors, and grassroots advocates. She is the editor of FCNL's bi-monthly Washington Newsletter and oversees FCNL's email advocacy program, website, and print communications.

Allyson Neville

  • Legislative Manager for the Prevention of Violent Conflict

Allyson Neville coordinates the Prevention and Protection Working Group (PPWG), a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian and peace organizations dedicated to the reduction of violent conflict, prevention of atrocities, and protection of civilians. Since its creation in late 2008, PPWG has successfully advocated on these issues through outreach to Congress and various administrative agencies.

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.

Andrew Silva

  • Events Planner and Registrar

Andrew Silva serves as the Events Planner and Registrar. Andrew helps to plan and execute FCNL events related to governance, lobbying, and fundraising. He also handles financial assistance and support for participants and assists with recruitment efforts in the hopes of both increasing attendance and expanding FCNL’s constituency.

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.

Chris Letts

  • Digital Communications Manager

Chris Letts manages FCNL's website and email advocacy program. In this capacity, she writes extensively for FCNL's digital presence and communicates with activists around the country. She led FCNL's 2016 website redesign. Chris is especially focused on leveraging technology make advanced constituent advocacy more accessible. She also writes This Week in the World, FCNL's weekly news digest.

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.

Emily Sajewski

  • Graphic Design and Social Media 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 Representative, 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 Domestic 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 co-chairs the steering committee of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, made up of over 45 faith-based organizations.

José Santos Woss

  • Legislative Manager, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity

José Woss 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 co-Chairs the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, an alliance of approximately 50 national faith groups advocating to end mass incarceration.

Julia Neumann

  • Strategy Coordinator

Julia Neumann coordinates outreach to states that are particularly important to FCNL’s lobbying efforts, helps constituents develop their own relationships with their members of Congress, and helps the Strategic Advocacy and Legislative teams track and manage their data. Julia is FCNL's resident expert on scheduling lobby visits- last year, she helped FCNL's network schedule over 500, including those during the Quaker Public Policy Institute and Spring Lobby Weekend.

Kate Gould

  • Legislative Representative, Middle East Policy

Kate Gould serves as the Legislative Representative for Middle East Policy. Kate directs FCNL's lobbying on Middle East policy, and is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to support diplomatic solutions to disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.

Katie Breslin

  • Young Adult Program Manager

As FCNL’s Young Adult Program Manager, Katie organizes, trains, and supports the efforts of 18 young activists and leaders to affect big, long-term change within Congress. She offers hands-on leadership experience for young people across the country who work on their college campus or in their home community to mobilize people to engage with Congress.

Kelsey Beaumont

  • Development Database Coordinator

Kelsey Beaumont 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.

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.

Lauren Bladen-White

  • Director for Operations and Administration

Lauren Bladen-White is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day building operations and facilities management. She served as the project manager for the complete renovation of the geothermal system for FCNL’s green building, and she is the event manager for the both the Annual Meeting and the Spring Lobby Weekend.

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.

Maiya Zwerling

  • National Field Organizer

As the National Field Organizer, Maiya Zwerling works to strengthen and deepen FCNL's grassroots. She founded and coordinates the FCNL Advocacy Teams, a network of hundreds of Quakers and friends leading lobbying efforts to build congressional champions for peace and justice. Maiya oversees the 2017 grassroots campaign to block increases in Pentagon Spending.

Mark Shanahan

  • Sustainability & Facilities Manager

Mark Shanahan is responsible for maintaining and growing FCNL’s sustainable operations and oversees the facilities management of FCNL’s office and 205 C Street. Besides leading the process of continuing updates of our current FCNL building, Mark is also the project manager of the 205 C Street construction project, heavily involved in the development, planning and construction process for the future Quaker Welcome Center and Friend in Washington base on Capitol Hill.

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.

Mike Coogan

  • Annual Fund Manager

Mike Coogan works with FCNL’s development team to craft and implement an Annual Fund strategy that supports the organization’s advocacy work and honors Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity and truth. In this capacity, he collaborates with staff and volunteers to steward the organization’s large and diverse base of donors and reach out to others who support of FCNL’s non-partisan, multi-issue approach to lobbying.

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.”

Sam Horne

  • Office Coordinator and Receptionist

Sam Horne supports the work and workers of FCNL by managing the daily operations of the office. As Receptionist, Sam is the first face that greets anyone or anything coming into the office. He prides himself on creating a welcoming and organized environment from the very first step in the door. Sam guides all incoming mail, calls, packages, and visitors to ensure each person or parcel reaches their appropriate destination.

Sara Robich

  • Database 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.

Shanae Jones

  • Assistant to the Executive Secretary

Shanae Jones is Assistant to the Executive Secretary, Diane Randall. She supports the development, advocacy, and legislative work of Diane Randall serving as a liaison to constituents and FCNL sustainers.

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

  • Accountant

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

Theo Sitther

  • Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding Policy

Theo Sitther directs the peacebuilding program at FCNL and oversees the work of the peacebuilding team. Theo lobbies to change and reform militarized counterterrorism policies with a particular focus on military assistance.

Tim Cullen

  • Capital Campaign Project Manager

Tim Cullen supports FCNL’s development team in sharing the opportunity to build out FCNL’s young adult programs, grassroots lobbying network and Quaker presence on Capitol Hill through the “World We Seek: Now is the Time” capital campaign.

Yasmine Taeb

  • Legislative Representative for Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Yasmine directs FCNL’s work on a number of human rights and civil liberties issues, including lobbying for increased resettlement of Syrian refugees, more transparency and oversight of the U.S. lethal drones program, calling for the closure of Guantanamo, and for the repeal of the 2001 AUMF, among other issues.

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.

Ruth Flower

  • Consultant, Native American Policy

Ruth leads FCNL’s lobbying, education, and coalition work as our consultant on Native American issues. She leads a coalition of faith groups who lobby on issues such as funding for tribal schools, support for “healing” justice systems, protection of religious and cultural rights, and support for tribal governance authority.

Teresa Rugg

  • Consultant, Advocacy Teams Trainer

Teresa Rugg supports new and prospective Advocacy Teams to launch and develop deep advocacy skills.

Emily Savin

  • Consultant, Advocacy Teams Trainer

Emily Savin supports new and prospective Advocacy Teams to launch and develop deep advocacy skills.

Sandy Robson

  • Consultant, Program Planning

Sandy Robson develops programs for the new Quaker Welcome Center and sets up processes for the Friend in Washington program.