Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) announced on November 22 that Bridget Moix will become its next general secretary effective January 24, 2022.
“Our search committee and the entire General Committee find Bridget a person of deep faith and humility with a strong commitment to peacemaking, the Religious Society of Friends, and ending racism,” said Ron Ferguson, clerk of the FCNL General Committee. “She has the qualities and experiences needed to lead FCNL in our search for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.”
Moix currently serves as the U.S. executive director of Peace Direct in Washington, D.C., a post she has held since 2015. Prior to that, she worked at USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (2013–2015). She has also managed Casa de los Amigos (Friends House) in Mexico City (2006–2007) and worked at the Quaker United Nations Office in New York (2000–2002).
“I am humbled to accept this appointment and grateful for the opportunity it gives me to live out my Quaker faith in community with other like-minded people,” said Moix. “In the last ten years, FCNL has grown as a community—in scope, power, and long-term sustainability.”
Moix holds a PhD from George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She is author of the 2019 book Choosing Peace: Agency and Action in the Midst of War, and she’s a contributor to the 2020 book Building Peace in America.
Having spent much of her career in peacebuilding, Moix feels called to help bridge the political divisions in Congress and across the country. “The future of our democracy depends on addressing the entrenched systems of racism, militarism, sexism, and colonialism that undergird our country and its policies. Communities like FCNL are critical to this bridge-building,” she said.
Moix succeeds Diane Randall, who served as FCNL general secretary for ten years. Moix will be FCNL’s fifth general secretary.
FCNL, established in 1943, is the oldest registered religious lobby in Washington, D.C. It is affiliated with two other Quaker organizations, the FCNL Education Fund and Friends Place on Capitol Hill.