Amelia Kegan

Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.

She most recently spent six years at Bread for the World as the Deputy Director of Government Relations. Amelia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Smith College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law. She is a member of the Illinois bar and serves on the board of the Washington Council of Lawyers.

Articles by Amelia Kegan

Update Community Lobby Day: Our Message to Congress 

It's looking unlikely that Congress will vote on Sentencing Reform this year. What should we be saying to them?

Now, more than ever, we need you. Now, more than ever, we need your advocacy, your voice. The election results may have made our work more difficult, but they’ve also made your relationships with your senators and representative more important than ever before.

Update Health Care Access-and the Safety Net-Under Threat 

The incoming administration and the congressional majority want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But the threats before us are much greater than one bill. We are looking at the biggest threat to health care access, Medicaid, and the future of the safety net that we have seen in 50 years. And it's coming fast—possibly even before the president-elect officially takes office.

Update The Election and Our Work 

What do the results of the election mean for FCNL's work in the days, months, and year ahead?

Update When the Impossible Becomes Possible 

Address to Annual Meeting 2016

For many of us, this hasn’t been just a hard few days, it’s been a hard 18 months. And the election results left us in disbelief. Shaken. But our faith is not one of despair. It is of hope.

Update A Conversation on Income Inequality 

Income inequality in our current economic system is a problem, both for fairness and for the strength of the economy.

Update Census Poverty Numbers are Encouraging, but Much Work Remains 

New poverty numbers are encouraging but highlight the need for expanding the EITC to more people.

Background Understanding Block Grants and Merged Funding Streams 

Plans to address poverty often to include a plan to combine core safety net programs into a grant given to the states. Called "merged funding streams" or "block grants," these are bad policies. Evidence shows they leave the most vulnerable people in the most dire straits.

Update A Vote for Sentencing Reform 

Sometimes, it feels as though partisan gridlock has taken over in Washington. That there’s no hope of any positive legislation passing Congress. Especially now. Especially in an election year. Yet over the past weeks and months, below the surface, sentencing reform is making progress.

Update Send Sentencing Reform to the President's Desk 

A few months ago, it seemed sentencing reform was on life support. There just wasn't enough time before the election to move any legislation forward — let alone a bill that would start to reverse the failed 40-year "war on drugs."

Press Release Capitol Hill Spring Break Destination for 400 Young Adults Pushing Criminal Justice Reform to #UnlockJustice 

More than 400 young adults from 36 states are passing up Spring Break vacations this year to come to Washington to lobby Congress to pass criminal justice reform legislation.