'Religion and Lobbying: A Quaker Perspective' Diane Randall to present Luther College Religion Forum lecture Sept. 16

Diane Randall, executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the oldest religious lobby in Washington, D.C., will lecture at Luther College at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 in Room 102 of the Franklin W. Olin Building.

A Luther Religion Forum lecture, Randall's presentation is titled "Religion and Lobbying: A Quaker Perspective." The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Randall will also speak at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago St., Decorah. Her presentation will focus on "The World We Seek: Lobbying for Peace and Justice." This event is also free and open to the public.

Randall joined the FCNL in early 2011, but her engagement in the peace movement began in the early 1980s, when she left her position as a high school English teacher in Omaha, Neb., to direct the Omaha Nuclear Freeze Campaign.

Relocating to Connecticut in 1986, Randall launched a 20-year career lobbying the state legislature. During that time, she 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.

Before coming to the FCNL, Randall 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. She also provided leadership for the Lyceum Resource and Conference Center, which serves as a site for policy forums, lively debate and engagement of leaders with the wider community to network, debate ideas and develop solutions to create strong communities.

Her background includes many years as an executive director of statewide advocacy organizations, a passion for rebuilding the democratic system in the United States, and a record of achievements in lobbying and citizen engagement.