Heather Hurlburt and Diane Randall Join Scoville Fellowship Board

For release: January 24, 2013
–Washington, DC
Contact: Paul Revsine, Program Director, Scoville Fellowship
(202) 446-1565

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is pleased to announce that Heather Hurlburt, Executive Director of the National Security Network, and Diane Randall,  Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, have joined its board of directors.

The National Security Network and its 501(c)(3) affiliate the National Security Initiative are the leading edge of advocacy and communications for a forward-thinking, principled and pragmatic national security policy. It combines a nationwide network of the most experienced and brightest foreign policy minds with strong media outreach, utilizing new and social media to make its ideas actionable for policymakers; accessible to opinion leaders and the media; and visible in the media marketplace of ideas. NSI bridges the divides that too often fracture American policy-making: public and private sectors, Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch, Beltway-centered and state-level viewpoints, policy wonks and the old and new media.

Hurlburt’s policy work focuses primarily on the politics of U.S. foreign policy, counter-terrorism and resilience, and the nexus of civilian and military approaches to conflict resolution. Before joining NSN, Hurlburt ran her own communications and strategy practice, working on global and political issues with political, entertainment, and educational leaders. From 1995-2001, Hurlburt served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the President, speechwriter for Secretaries of State Albright and Christopher, and member of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff. She has also worked for the International Crisis Group, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Congressional Helsinki Commission. In 2012, Hurlburt was named to Foreign Policy’s “FP Top 50”. She appears frequently as a media commentator, and her work has been  published by the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Guardian, POLITICO, and New Republic. Hurlburt holds a BA from Brown University and an MA from George Washington University’s Elliott School.  Follow her @natsecHeather

The Friends Committee on National Legislation fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL’s multi-issue advocacy connects Quaker testimonies of peace, equality, simplicity, and integrity with peace and social justice policy on the federal level. FCNL is nonpartisan. The Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund conducts research, analysis and education, and is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of FCNL.

Randall has twenty-five years of experience leading advocacy and social change organizations. As Executive Director of the Connecticut-based Partnership for Strong Communities, she helped shape the Partnership into an effective, respected advocacy operation, securing more than $400 million in new resources from the Connecticut General Assembly and leveraging federal and private philanthropy to help create housing for people who were homeless and at risk of homelessness. Randall has testified before House and Senate committees on housing policy for low income households. Her engagement in the peace movement began in the early 1980s, when she left her position as a high school English teacher to direct the Omaha Nuclear Freeze Campaign. After relocating to Connecticut, she worked for the Peace Center of the Christian Conference of CT, directed the state Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, lobbied with the Advocacy for the Poor program of the Office of Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Hartford, and was Executive Director of the Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Follow her @DianeFCNL

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college graduates with the opportunity to work at one of over two dozen leading national organizations in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows serve as full-time staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges for a mentor for each fellow from among the program’s board of directors, arranges meetings for fellows with policy experts, and offers numerous networking opportunities. The Scoville Fellowship has an increasingly strong and well-positioned group of alumni who now hold prominent positions in peace and security with public-interest organizations, the Federal government, academia, and the media. Since its inception, 144 Scoville Fellowships have been awarded.