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Quaker Lobby Appoints New Foreign Policy Director


The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) today announced the
appointment of Diana Ohlbaum as its Senior Strategist and Legislative
Director of Foreign Policy.

"We are pleased to announce that Diana Ohlbaum will lead FCNL's foreign
policy efforts to promote US policies in global engagement that lead to
a more peaceful and sustainable world," said Diane Randall, FCNL
Executive Secretary. "She brings a wealth of experience not only on
Capitol Hill but also in the non-profit world."

Ohlbaum will lead FCNL's team of lobbyists focused on peacebuilding,
reducing the threat of war, the Middle East and Iran, nuclear weapons,
and the Pentagon budget. She joins FCNL on Aug. 20.

"FCNL is a highly respected nonpartisan organization with a long history
of advocating for peace, justice, and environmental sustainability,"
said Diana Ohlbaum. "We need to help move the U.S. away from a foreign
policy based on coercion, threats and violence toward one rooted in
cooperation, respect, and diplomacy."

Ohlbaum worked for nearly two decades on Capitol Hill, where she served
as a senior professional staff member of both the House Foreign Affairs
Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Earlier, she was
an aide to Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD). Ohlbaum coordinated efforts
to overhaul the outdated Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, improve
oversight of arms sales and security assistance, and promote diplomacy
and multilateralism.

Immediately prior to joining FCNL, Ohlbaum worked as an independent
consultant specializing in advocacy, political strategy, and legislative
impact. Most of her clients were non-governmental organizations and
foundations working in sustainable development and human security.

From 1999-2001 she served as deputy director of USAID's Office of
Transition Initiatives, a cutting-edge unit designed to advance peace
and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries. She also worked as
director of public policy for InterAction, an alliance of
nongovernmental organizations engaged in humanitarian relief and
international development.

Ohlbaum is currently a member of the executive committees of the
Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and the Center for International
Policy. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the United Nations
Association of the National Capital Area. She holds a Ph.D. in political
science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Russian studies from
Amherst College.

Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends
(Quakers), FCNL lobbies Congress and the administration for U.S.
policies that advance peace, justice, and good government.

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