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 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.

FCNL in the News Tea Party-Aligned Group Helping Push Congress To Debate U.S. Role In Yemen War 

And GOP leaders in the House who seek to defer to the Trump administration and avoid upsetting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other American partners invested in the war may attempt to prevent the vote from taking place altogether through arcane legislative maneuvers, said Kate Gould of the Friends Committee for National Legislation.

Action Alert Update: House Leadership May Block Vote on Saudi-Led War in Yemen but Your Rep Can Help 

UPDATE (10/9/17): We're hearing House leadership is trying to block this essential vote on the US-backed war in Yemen. Please call your Rep now (1-855-68 NO WAR) to urge him/her to cosponsor H. Con. Res. 81 and pressure the House to allow a vote on unauthorized US military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. A bipartisan group—Reps. Khanna (CA), Massie (KY), Pocan (WI) and Jones (NC)—has introduced legislation (H. Con. Res. 81) to withdraw all U.S. military support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Letter 16 Groups Urge Congress to Protect Iran Nuclear Deal, Prevent Backslide to War 

Trump Should Renew Waivers on Iran Sanctions on September 14th, Certify the Nuclear Deal to Congress on October 15th

WASHINGTON, DC -- In a new letter sent to members of the House of Representatives and Senate this morning, anti-war organizations representing tens of millions of Americans are urging Congress to do everything within their power as a co-equal branch of government to prevent Donald Trump from dismantling the Iran nuclear deal and putting the U.S. on a path to war with Iran.

Letter Urgent Need for UN Inquiry on Yemen 

FCNL+55 NGOs: UN Human Rights Council Should Demand Yemen Inquiry

Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Calling for the UN Human Rights Council to Launch an Independent Inquiry on Yemen:

Press Release House Votes to De-Fund U.S. Military Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen  

FCNL applauds House votes to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen’s civil war

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to end U.S. funding for the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen. The House took this step by approving legislative language in a military policy bill that, if passed into law, would require the Trump administration to stop providing aerial refueling for Saudi and other coalition aircraft, intelligence sharing, and other forms of military support for this indiscriminate war that has killed thousands and plunged Yemen to the cusp of famine.

Press Release 47 Senators Say No to Weapons of Mass Starvation 

47 Senators voting against Saudi bomb sale sends clear message that Yemen war must end

FCNL applauds the 47 senators who voted today to block the sale of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia. The growing Senate opposition to this sale sends a strong signal that U.S. backing for the Saudi-led coalition’s indiscriminate killing of civilians and de-facto blockade in Yemen must end.