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ESR Welcomes Diane Randall as Friend in Residence - Oct. 25-29

Diane Randall will be visiting ESR as Friend in Residence for the week of October 25th-29th. Diane is a member of the ESR Board of Advisors and currently serves as the Executive Director of Partnership for Strong Communities, a Connecticut non-profit organization that "engages civic and political support to solve homelessness, create affordable housing and develop strong, vibrant communities.”

During her time with us, Diane will speak at Common Meal on Tuesday, October 26th on the topic of Speaking Truth to Power: A Spiritual Lobbyist’s Journey Through the Political Landscape. In this talk, she will discuss the intersection of our spiritual and political lives from the perspective of her work as an advocate for eliminating homelessness, creating affordable housing and building vibrant communities.  She will also participate in an Organizational Leadership class session on the topic of Vision and Mission, meet one-on-one with students, attend worship and participate in meals with students, faculty, and community members.

For more information on Diane's visit, please contact Matthew Mosey at (765) 983-1687 or email

Bio for Diane Randall:

Diane is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, a non-profit thought leader and policy advocacy organization focused on developing vibrant communities, eliminating homelessness, and creating homes. The Partnership connect key policymakers, local officials, corporate leadership, and not-for-profit organizations so that public and private resources can be wisely used to affect positive changes in  policies that make our communities better places to live and work.

Since its founding in 1998, the Partnership has advocated for and obtained more than $400 million in funding in Connecticut that has built homes and created programs to end chronic homelessness. We have engaged civic and elected leaders to imagine, plan and execute effective change and to create a new paradigm of thinking about housing.

The Partnership, founded with a grant from The Melville Charitable Trust, is based in Hartford, Connecticut at The Lyceum, a center dedicated to the promotion of innovative solutions to housing policy.

Diane grew up in Omaha, NE, moved to Connecticut in 1986, and for the last 20 years has resided in West Hartford, CT where she and her family are active in Hartford Monthly Meeting.  Diane is  married to Roger Catlin, an arts writer for the local newspaper, and has 3 children: Alex Mustonen, and architect living in New York City; Lillie Catlin, a student at Bryn Mawr College and Nora Catlin, 12 years old, a sophomore in high school.