Diana Ohlbaum is Senior Strategist and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Quaker peace lobby. In that role, she directs FCNL’s foreign policy lobbying team and leads an effort to replace the current U.S. foreign policy paradigm of military domination and national superiority with a more ethical and effective one based on cooperation and mutual respect.
From 2013-2018, Dr. Ohlbaum ran an independent consulting firm specializing in advocacy, political strategy and legislative impact. Before that, as a Senior Professional Staff Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, she conducted oversight of foreign assistance programs and coordinated efforts to overhaul the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. She previously served as Deputy Director of USAID's Office ofTransition Initiatives, a cutting-edge unit designed to advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries, and as Director of Public Policy for InterAction, an alliance of NGOs engaged in humanitarian relief and international development.
In addition to the CIP Board, Dr. Ohlbaum serves on the Executive Committee of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and 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.