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

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.

FCNL in the News Is the US Fanning the Flames of the World’s Largest Humanitarian Catastrophe? 

Kate Gould, the legislative director for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, calls the maneuver yet “another example of House leadership going to extreme measures, including violating the War Powers Resolution, to block any kind of consideration of the US role in wars being waged around the world.”

Letter 65 Groups to Congress: Stop Yemen War, Support HConRes 81 

Dear Congressmen Khanna, Massie, Pocan, and Jones,

FCNL in the News GOP Senator Stalls Trump Nominee Over Saudi Handling Of U.S. Aid For Starving Yemenis 

“[It’s] past time for a nomination to be put on hold until the State Department answers some basic questions about what tortured legal rationale the US is using to aid and abet the Saudi-led slaughter in Yemen that has plunged millions to the brink of starvation,” Kate Gould of the Friends Committee on National Legislation told HuffPost in an email.

Press Release Trump's Refusal to Certify Iran Deal Sets Path for War 

FCNL condemns the Trump administration’s decertification on the Iran deal and the Cotton-Corker legislation that risks sabotaging this historic agreement. The Quaker lobby, which has been a leading voice advocating for diplomacy with Iran in Washington, calls on Congress to reject Trump’s dangerous bid to extort our negotiating partners to submit to ultimatums on the deal which risk its collapse and putting the United States on a path towards full-fledged war with Iran.

FCNL in the News Joint statement: Grassroots groups respond to Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal 

Joint statement by Beyond the Bomb, CREDO, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Indivisible, J Street, MoveOn.org Civic Action, NIAC Action, Peace Action, VoteVets, Win Without War, and Women’s Action for New Directions on Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement.

Action Alert Breaking: Trump Opens Door for Congress to Sabotage Iran deal  

Today, President Trump set us on a path toward war with Iran. By refusing to certify the Iran deal, he walked away from the diplomatic option with Iran.

FCNL in the News Trump Is Trying to Hoodwink Us into War with Iran 

We’ve seen this movie before, complete with trumped-up charges of WMD. Americans must speak out now to head off another disastrous military adventure.

Legislative Ask Support H Con Res 81 to end US military involvement in Yemen 

Withdraw U.S. Military Support by Cosponsoring H.Con. Res. 81

A bipartisan group of lawmakers—Reps. Khanna (D-CA), Massie (R-KY), Pocan (D-WI) and Jones (R-NC)—has introduced legislation (H. Con. Res. 81) to withdraw unauthorized U.S. military support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Please cosponsor and vote in support of H. Con. Res. 81.