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.

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

  • 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.

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.

Andre Gobbo

  • Domestic Policy Assistant

Andre Gobbo adds capacity to the Domestic Policy team by writing action alerts and sign-on letters, assisting with lobbying visits, creating informational content, and helping execute FCNL’s legislative strategies. He primarily works on issues relating to economic justice, immigration, criminal justice reform, and climate change.

Anna McCormally

  • Assistant to the Executive Secretary

Anna McCormally facilitates the work of Executive Secretary Diane Randall by serving as a liaison to constituents, sustainers, and governing committees. Anna holds a BA in Economics from Earlham College, where she completed a literature review and senior thesis on the economics of climate change.

Annie Chiorazzi

  • Event Planner and Registrar

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.

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.

Doris Quintanilla

  • Staff Assistant for Communications

Doris Quintanilla assists the Communications team with a particular focus on digital advocacy and fundraising. Her primary responsibility is to onboard people engaged through digital ad campaigns, produce reports, and to support with emails and website content.

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 Savin

  • Advocacy Teams Trainer

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

Emmett Witkovsky-Eldred

  • Communications Assistant

Emmett Witkovsky-Eldred assists the Communications team with a particular focus on digital advocacy. His primary responsibility is to help write and edit FCNL’s various materials, including emails, website content, publications, and social media posts.

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 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 co-chairs the steering committee of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, made up of over 45 faith-based organizations.

Jeff Pudlo

  • Staff Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Jeff Pudlo assists FCNL’s Nuclear Disarmament team by ensuring grassroots engagement with elected officials can fully inform the work of FCNL’s lobbyists in DC, and assists Anthony Wier in lobbying and maintaining the Nuclear Calendar.

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 co-Chairs the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, an alliance of more than 40 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 Director, Middle East Policy

Kate Gould is FCNL's Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. Kate is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to advance human rights objectives and support diplomatic solutions to resolve 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marina Golan-Vilella

  • Program Assistant, Domestic Policy

Marina Golan-Vilella serves as a Program Assistant for Domestic Policy at FCNL. Marina works under José Santos Woss on mass incarceration issues and campaign finance reform (election integrity). She lobbies members of Congress for criminal justice reform, from police oversight to prisoner re-entry programs. Her responsibilities include researching legislator positions, writing policy briefs and updates, and conducting outreach to FCNL constituents.

Marissa Witkovsky-Eldred

  • Staff Assistant for Young Adult Programs

Marissa Witkovsky-Eldred is the Staff Assistant for the Young Adult Program. She works closely with Katie Breslin to ensure the logistical needs of the Young Adult Program are being met and helps organize the Washington Summer Intensive, which trains young adult Advocacy Corps organizers about engaging with Congress and mobilizing their communities.

Maya Ulin-O'Keefe

  • Program Assistant, Peacebuilding Program

Maya Ulin-O'Keefe serves as the Program Assistant in the Peacebuilding Program under Theo Sitther and Allyson Neville. Her responsibilities include lobbying Congress to pass the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act by coordinating and attending meetings with members of Congress and their staff. Maya also supports the work of the Prevention and Protection Working Group, a group of organizations dedicated to reducing violent crisis, preventing mass atrocities, and protecting civilians threatened by such crises.

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 Director

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Scott Greenler

  • Program Assistant, Energy and the Environment

Scott helps lobby Congress to acknowledge man-made climate change and to act on climate change on a bipartisan basis. He helps FCNL track legislation and amendments relevant to climate change and create space for bipartisan efforts to address this pressing issue. Scott also works closely with coalition partners throughout the faith-based and environmental communities to create a unified voice calling our leaders to action.

Shoshana Abrams

  • National Field Organizer

As FCNL’s National Field Organizer, 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.

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.

Susan Nahvi

  • Program Assistant, Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Susan Nahvi advocates on behalf of FCNL in the area of Human Rights and Civil Liberties. She concentrates on several issues, including the Muslim travel ban, Islamophobia, and Syrian refugees. She writes articles that appear on FCNL’s website, lobbies members of Congress, and supports the work of Legislative Director Yasmine Taeb.

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.

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.

Thomas Raskin

  • Program Assistant, Middle East Program

Thomas Raskin is the Program Assistant for Middle East policy at FCNL, where he facilitates lobbying visits and manages constituent relations, working with supporters throughout the country to maximize the effectiveness of their nonviolent advocacy. As a liaison to FCNL’s partners, he also updates FCNL’s social media accounts and keeps other organizations apprised of FCNL’s latest efforts to foster diplomacy in the Middle East.

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.

Diana Roose

  • Friend in Washington

Diana Roose serves as the Friend in Residence at FCNL. Her particular perspective as a longtime Quaker activist is useful in strengthening FCNL’s advocacy and research. She comes to FCNL as a member of the Oberlin (Ohio) Friends Meeting, and the Lake Erie Yearly Meeting. An Ohio native, she believes in working for social change at the local level.

Teresa Rugg

  • Consultant, Advocacy Teams Trainer

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

2018 Summer Interns

Ana Taylor

  • 2018 Summer Intern

Ana Taylor is a student at the University of Vermont, where she is pursuing a major in Political Science. She joins FCNL as an intern in Quaker Outreach, where she will work with Quaker Field Secretary Christine Ashley.

Charlotte Gorham

  • 2018 Summer Intern

Charlotte Gorham is currently studying Geography with a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarianism at Macalester College. This summer she will work with Associate Executive Secretary Jeri Rhodes and staff in the Finance, Administration and Building Department.

Eleanor Kimmelman

  • 2018 Summer Intern

Eleanor Kimmelman attends Haverford College, where she has completed coursework in Civil Liberties, and the History and Theory of Nonviolence. She will work with Alicia McBride and Emmett Witkovsky-Eldred in FCNL’s Communications Department.

Emma Blake

  • 2018 Summer Intern

Emma Blake is a student at Davidson College, where she is a double-major in Hispanic Studies and Psychology. Emma joins FCNL as an intern in the Development Department, where she will work with Associate Executive Secretary Barbara Monahan and staff.

Madeleine Gavaler

  • 2018 Summer Intern

Madeleine Gavaler attends Wesleyan University and is pursuing a double major in Government and English. This summer, Madeleine will join the Domestic Policy Team as an intern in FCNL’s Native American Program, where she will work with Lacina Onco.

RaShawn Hall

  • 2018 Summer Intern

RaShawn Hall is a Political Science Major at Tuskeegee University. RaShawn will work with José and the Domestic Policy Team on issues of mass incarceration and election integrity.

Sergio Mata

  • 2018 Summer Intern

Sergio Mata is currently studying Theology with a concentration in Pastoral Ministries at Houghton College. This summer, Sergio will work with Young Adult Program Manager Katie Breslin on Young Adult Outreach.