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. “Friends prophetic witness to work for a world that practices peace, equality, community, integrity and simplicity is often at odds with political life. But this effort to pursue truth and to see ‘that of God in every person we meet’ are disciplines that shape FCNL’s patient and persistent approach to lobbying for legislation that can help create a more peaceful and just world.”
Since joining FCNL in March, 2011 as the fourth Executive Secretary, Diane has led FCNL’s program expansion to build organizational capacity for FCNL including additional lobbyists and new programs that engage grassroots citizens, young adults and more Quakers to lobby for peace, justice and a sustainable planet. 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 ran for and was elected to the West Hartford (CT) Board of Education in 1995, serving a four year term, at a time when the community was divided over racial balance in the public schools. While living in Connecticut, Diane was appointed by the State Senate President to serve on the Public Defender Services Commission and subsequently to the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, where she was able to work for policies that benefit people who are economically disadvantaged.
Diane is a convinced Friend, and a member of Hartford Monthly Meeting. For many years, Diane and her family were active in the life of the Meeting as well as in New England Yearly Meeting. Diane currently worships with Langley Hill Friends. She 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. Diane graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and taught high school English for four years. 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