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.
Diane joined FCNL in March, 2011 as the fourth Executive Secretary in its 70-year history. Diane travels widely on behalf of FCNL and represents a voice for Quaker advocacy in Washington on the Hill, within the faith community, in media, and throughout the United States.
Before coming to FCNL, Diane was Executive Director of Partnership for Strong Communities, a Connecticut-based non-profit organization providing leadership, advocacy, and policy development on solutions to homelessness, affordable housing and community development. Her engagement in the peace movement began in the early 1980s, when she directed the Omaha Nuclear Freeze Campaign. Diane relocated to Connecticut in 1986 where she directed the state Network to Abolish the Death Penalty and worked for the Office of Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Hartford, launching a twenty-year career lobbying the state legislature. During that time, Diane became the first Executive Director of the Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition, dedicated to advocacy and effective delivery of housing and services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Diane is a member of Hartford Monthly Meeting, of New England Yearly Meeting. Diane currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Sidwell Friends School, the Board of Directors of the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, and the Corporation of Haverford College. She previously served on the Board of Advisors of the Earlham School of Religion. She is married to Roger Catlin and is the mother of Alex, Lillie and Nora.
- Read Diane's Plenary Address to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
- Read Diane's keynote speech to FCNL's Annual Meeting.
- Read Diane's address as the Stephen Carey Memorial Lecture at Baltimore Yearly Meeting in August 2012
- Read Diane's convocation at William Penn University