1. Background

Staff


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

Leadership Team

Diane Randall

  • General Secretary

Diane Randall is the General 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 General Secretary for Communications

As Associate General 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.

Jim Cason

  • Associate General 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 General 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 General 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

  • Digital Communications Associate

Alex Frandsen is the Digital Communications Associate. 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.

Alex Wilson

  • Foundation Relations Director

As Foundation Relations Director, Alex Wilson advances FCNL’s mission by working to secure funding from private and corporate foundations. Collaborating closely with FCNL’s senior leadership team, Alex leads the full-cycle grants process including foundation research, proposal writing, cultivation, compliance, and stewardship.

Alicia Cannon

  • Program Assistant, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Alicia is the Program Assistant for Sustainable Energy and Environment. She advocates for the preservation of the environment, recognition of climate change, and the enactment of legislation that promotes sustainable solutions to our current climate crisis. She meets members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to promote FCNL’s environmental policy.

Alicia McBride

  • Director of Quaker Leadership

Alicia McBride leads FCNL’s work to nurture, expand, and deepen relationships with Friends across the United States. She also works to ensure that everyone engaged with the organization understands the spiritual basis of FCNL’s advocacy. She oversees FCNL events at the Quaker Welcome Center as well as Annual Meeting and the Quaker Public Policy Institute.

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

  • Legislative Representative, Domestic Policy

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.

Annie Chiorazzi

  • Senior Manager, Events and Programming

Annie Chiorazzi organizes and executes FCNL’s major events, including the Quaker Public Policy Institute, Annual Meeting, and Spring Lobby Weekend as well as other virtual events and webinars.

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.

Bobby Trice

  • Quaker Engagement Associate

Bobby is the Quaker Engagement Associate. He works alongside Alicia McBride (Director of Quaker Leadership) to cultivate relationships with Friends and other FCNL constituents. He supports Quakers’ spirit-led advocacy on Capitol Hill and around the nation.

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.

Daren Caughron

  • Scoville Fellow, Peacebuilding

Daren is the Scoville Fellow at FCNL. In this capacity, he works through the FCNL Education Fund to provide research and coordinate meetings for the Prevention and Protection Working Group (PPWG).

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.

Don Chen

  • Program Assistant, Militarism and Human Rights

Don is the Program Assistant for Militarism and Human Rights. He works to move U.S. foreign policy towards a more peaceful and ethical direction, primarily supporting efforts to end the war in Afghanistan and repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Don works with nationwide grassroots supporters, coalition partners, members of Congress, and legislative staff to reduce the human cost of American foreign policy.

Ethan Azad

  • Program Assistant, Middle East Policy

Ethan Azad is FCNL’s program assistant on Middle East policy. He works with FCNL’s legislative team to advance progressive policies on Capitol Hill.

Hassan El-Tayyab

  • Legislative Manager for Middle East Policy

Hassan El-Tayyab is FCNL’s lead lobbyist on Middle East policy. He is also responsible for representing FCNL with the various coalitions that work on these issues.

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.

Jeff Pudlo

  • Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Jeff Pudlo is FCNL's Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending.

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.

Joe D'Antonio

  • Program Assistant, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity

Joe D’Antonio is the Program Assistant for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity. His primary responsibilities include lobbying members of Congress, writing policy updates, and conducting legislative research.

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, election integrity, and policing. 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.

Karla Molinar-Arvizo

  • Program Assistant, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Karla is the Program Assistant for Immigration and Refugee Policy. In her work, Karla tracks key legislation on congressional appropriations and funding, collaborates with partner organizations, and uplifts the values of FCNL through congressional visits and lobbying. She believes in the importance of maintaining relationships with constituents, and advocates for an immigration system where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Kerri Colfer

  • Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Kerri manages the Native American Advocacy Program, lobbying on legislation that affects Native communities.

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 Manager

Kelsey Beaumont Shaffer oversees the database processes in the fundraising department. She is responsible for donor data management and providing analytical support to members of the fundraising and finance teams, ensuring the integrity and accuracy of FCNL’s donor and gift data.

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.

Larissa Gil Sanhueza

  • Young Adult Advocacy Coordinator

As the Young Adult Advocacy Coordinator, Larissa Gil Sanhueza focuses on developing and training young adult advocates around the country. Specifically, she manages the Advocacy Corps program, a group of 20 young adult organizers who mobilize their communities around one legislative issue every year. Larissa also oversees recruitment for Spring Lobby Weekend, a four day lobbying and educational event that brings together 500 young people from around the country.

Lisa Forrest

  • Development Manager

Lisa provides operational project management for FCNL’s Development Department. This includes key functions in the areas of donor stewardship, research, and Development Committee support. Born in central Pennsylvania, Lisa came to Washington, D.C. to study theater at George Washington University 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.

Nelson Miranda

  • Senior Manager, IT Operations

Nelson Miranda is the Senior Manager of IT Operations. He leads FCNL’s efforts to develop, implement, and evolve technologies to support the organization’s growth. His primary role is to guide FCNL’s information technology roadmap to ensure staff have the necessary resources to further the organization’s constituents and advocates goals.

Ose Okooboh

  • Program Assistant, Peacebuilding

Ose supports the Peacebuilding program, where she works to identify problems that perpetuate violent conflict and promote bipartisan support for constructive legislative responses to them. In addition to her lobbying tasks, she provides support to the Prevention and Protection Working Group’s Elie Wiesel Act Implementation Subcommittee.

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.”

Sandra Ames

  • Accountant

Sandra Ames is the Staff Accountant at FCNL, and part of the Finance, Building and Administration team. She manages accounts payable, deposits, and payroll, and assists the Senior Accountant with other duties.

Sania Shaffi

  • Development Assistant

Sania Shaffi works as the development assistant at FCNL. Her responsibilities include processing donations, gift entry, and sending out acknowledgment letters. 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.

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 Development

Stephen Donahoe leads FCNL’s efforts to raise annual, capital and planned gifts that support FCNL’s advocacy, education and outreach. Stephen and rest of the Development Team are responsible for raising over $5.7 million per year in general operating support from individuals, foundations and organizations, including Quaker meetings and churches.

Susan Nahvi

  • Major Gifts Officer

Traveling throughout the U.S., Susan connects passionate individuals with opportunities to support FCNL's work. She meets with FCNL's most loyal supporters, learning what motivates them to advocate for peace, justice, opportunity, and an earth restored.

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.

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.

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.

Ursala Knudsen-Latta

  • Legislative Representative, Peacebuilding

Ursala is the Legislative Representative for Peacebuilding. Ursala lobbies Congress to change U.S. foreign policy from an overly militarized and security-driven approach to one that prevents, mitigates, and transforms violent conflict and builds sustainable peace.

Wesley Pinkham

  • Senior Visual Arts Manager

Wesley creates engaging visual communication strategies to support FCNL’s advocacy efforts. As Senior Visual Arts Manager, he guides branding, design, and photography across digital and print channels.

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.

Clare Carter

  • Young Adult Program Administrative Consultant

Clare Carter is an administrative consultant for FCNL's young adult program. She served as FCNL's Virginia Advocacy Corps Organizer in 2019-2020.

Theo Sitther

  • Consultant, Advocacy Teams Trainer

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