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 also a Political Partner at the Truman National Security Project.

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

Advocacy Resource Update: 88 Reps Tell Trump to Seek Authorization Before Further Escalation in Syria 

88 representatives signed letter to President Trump urging him to seek authorization from Congress before further U.S. military escalation in Syria

UPDATE: Thanks for all who called your reps to sign on! Eighty-eight members of Congress signed the Lofgren-Amash-Lee-Massie letter to President Trump, urging him to seek authorization before further escalation in Syria.

Background Members of Congress Demand Vote on Syria War 

We applaud members of Congress of both parties for calling for a constitutionally-mandated debate and vote on use of force in Syria.

Update 44 Senators Made History by Voting to End Illegal US War in Yemen 

In the first-ever vote on withdrawing U.S. armed forces from an unauthorized war, 44 Senators voted to remove U.S. troops from the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

FCNL in the News In Tight Vote, Senate Bucks Bernie And Allows U.S. Role In Yemen War To Continue 

“We saw leadership divided” on the Democratic side, said Kate Gould, the Middle East legislative policy director at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. “We still had 44 senators that took the step not just of blocking a bomb sale, but of [considering] actually withdrawing U.S. armed forces from the conflict altogether, despite the fact that the Pentagon and the Saudis were really trying to scare senators.”

Press Release 44 Senators Made History by Voting to End Illegal US War in Yemen 

In first-ever vote on withdrawing U.S. armed forces from an unauthorized war, 44 Senators voted to withdraw U.S. troops from the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

FCNL applauds the 44 senators who voted in support of S.J. Res. 54, the Sanders-Lee-Murphy legislation to withdraw U.S. armed forces from the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

FCNL in the News US senators want vote to end support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war 

“Under this legislation, no longer would U.S. pilots serve as gas station attendants in the sky to refuel Saudi and UAE bombers that rein down terror on Yemeni men, women and children,” said Kate Gould, of the anti-war advocacy group Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Update End Illegal U.S. War in Yemen 

Urge your senators to vote for S.J. Res. 54, the Sanders-Lee-Murphy legislation to end the illegal U.S. war in Yemen.

Action Alert End U.S. Support for Starvation in Yemen 

The U.S. is literally fueling the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today. The Saudi jets bombing Yemeni civilians and infrastructure are doing so thanks to U.S. refueling of their planes and information from U.S. intelligence sources.

FCNL in the News Progressive champion Sanders joins fight against Yemen war 

“The two of them working together is certainly going to attract a lot of media attention and there’s been a lot of grassroots support for this issue,” said Kate Gould, the legislative director for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby.

Press Release Senate Set to Vote in March on Illegal U.S. War in Yemen  

Action Would End U.S. Complicity in Largest Global Humanitarian Crisis

A bipartisan trio of Senators—Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT)—has introduced legislation to end U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen that has driven the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Because this war has never been authorized by Congress, the War Powers Resolution guarantees that this bill will get a vote on the Senate floor within weeks.