Kate Gould

Legislative Director, Middle East Policy


Kate Gould

Kate Gould is FCNL's Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. Kate is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to advance human rights objectives and support diplomatic solutions to resolve disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.

Gould was profiled in 2015 as the “Quaker Lobbyist Behind the Iran Deal Fight,” by Congressional Quarterly, an outlet with readership that includes 95% of members of Congress. Kate's analysis on Middle East policy has been cited by The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, CNN, Reuters, AFP and other national outlets. Kate has appeared as an on-air analyst for various TV and radio programs, including the O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, The Thom Hartmann Show, The Real News Network and CCTV. She is a Political Partner at the Truman National Security Project, and serves as a board member of the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship and Churches for Middle East Peace.

Before coming to FCNL, Kate taught Palestinian school teachers for AMIDEAST in the West Bank city of Hebron while coordinating a radio program on peacebuilding efforts at a joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank in Jerusalem. Kate also interned for Senator Jeff Merkley both in her hometown of Medford, Oregon and in his Washington, DC office. Kate is inspired every day by people she met in the Middle East who practice nonviolence in the face of so much violence: including protesters against settlements, therapists in Gaza treating children who have lived through three wars, or Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees who have started over (and often many times over) to make a new life. Kate is a member of the Friends Meeting of Washington.

kate@fcnl.org

Articles by Kate Gould

Press Release FCNL Applauds 102 Reps Opposing Cuts in Aid to Palestinian Refugees 

FCNL applauds the Welch-Price letter, signed by 102 members of Congress, opposing Trump’s cuts to the UN Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

Event Bombs, the Blockade, and the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen 

February 22, 2018 in Seattle, WA

The UN describes Yemen as having one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today.

Action Alert Protect the Iran deal from sabotage 

President Trump announced Friday that he will waive the sanctions required by the Iran nuclear agreement.

Background US Military and Intel Officials Highlight Benefits of Iran Deal 

Iran is complying with the JCPOA, helping to keep the United States out of war.

FCNL in the News Pro-Con: Did Trump make a mistake by designating Jerusalem the capital of Israel? 

By designating Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Donald Trump is telling the world that when it comes to Israel, might makes right.

FCNL in the News Echoes of Colin Powell: Nikki Haley’s recent Yemen push mirrors the Bush Iraq intelligence failures 

"Intelligence is, of course, supposed to be used to make a decision," Kate Gould, the Legislative Director for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation told Salon. "Not to market political propaganda, and that's what we're seeing on display here."

FCNL in the News Trump pressures Saudi Arabia on Yemen blockade 

Kate Gould, legislative director for Middle East policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, said Trump’s statement Wednesday was a welcome development.

Press Release FCNL: Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Foments Violence, Endangers Lives  

FCNL condemns the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a provocative move that foments violence in the Middle East and endangers lives in the Middle East and potentially beyond. The Friends Committee on National Legislation urges Congress to denounce this provocation and to refuse to fund Trump’s planned fortress-like embassy in Jerusalem.

FCNL in the News US support for Saudi war in Yemen soars under Trump 

“This revelation should be a wake-up call to every policymaker and every American that this country is literally fueling the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history,” said Kate Gould, a lobbyist with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker group. “The [United States] is operating these gas stations in the sky to fuel Saudi and UAE bombers as they rain down terror on Yemeni water and other sanitation infrastructure — the last safeguards Yemen has against these disease outbreaks sweeping the country.”

FCNL in the News Obama, Trump And Saudi Arabia Devastated Yemen. Congress Is Acting. Slowly. 

Multiple supporters of Khanna’s original resolution voted against the compromise measure to signal that they would like to see stronger legislation, Khanna and Gould told HuffPost.