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 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.

Update A Bold Budget for Poverty and Income Inequality 

At FCNL, we often talk about the federal budget as a moral document. It outlines the priorities of this country. If ending poverty, advancing economic opportunity, and addressing income inequality are priorities for the U.S., our budget ought to reflect those values.

Update The President's Budget First Take: What We Like, What We Want to Change 

We were delighted to see that the budget President Barack Obama sent to Congress Tuesday included programs that would lift half a million people out of poverty, reduce child hunger and provide funding to begin to address the impacts of harmful climate change on the world.

Update Invitation: Conference Call on Incarceration with the White House 

Time is running out for sentencing reform. As election season heats up, there are only a few months left to help the people, families, and communities affected by excessive and costly prison sentences.