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.

Kate was named as one of the "Top Lobbyists of 2018" by The Hill. She 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 PRI, Fox News, The Thom Hartmann Show, and The Real News Network. 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 for a think tank in Jerusalem. Kate also interned for Senator Jeff Merkley both in her hometown of Medford, Oregon and in his Washington, D.C. 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, and Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees who have started over (and often many times over) to make a new life. Kate lives in D.C. and occasionally on twitter (@k8gould), and is a member of the Friends Meeting of Washington.

kate@fcnl.org

Articles by Kate Gould

Action Alert Urgent: Your Senators Need to Hear From You Before They Vote on Yemen  

The people of Yemen have suffered years of a war that has triggered widespread famine and disease—resulting in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Letter 72 Organizations Urge an End to US-Led War in Yemen  

S.J.Res. 7

FCNL, in partnership with 71 other organizations, signed a letter urging members of Congress to support of S.J.Res. 7, Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT), Mike Lee (UT), and Chris Murphy (CT)'s legislation to end U.S. military participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The signers include a diverse coalition of groups, including peace and security, humanitarian, mass-movement, faith-based, atrocities prevention, and constitutional rights-focused organizations that collectively represent millions of Americans, based in every congressional district in the country.

Action Alert Historic Chance to End Illegal U.S. War in Yemen 

I have some great news to share! We have a historic opportunity in the coming weeks to end U.S. complicity in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Update Piling On Syria Sanctions Undermines Diplomacy 

In the coming days and weeks, FCNL expects the House and the Senate to vote on two measures -- the Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act (H.R. 31) in the House and the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (S. 1) in the Senate – that would add a new layer of sanctions to those already in effect against Syria.

Update Updated: Senate Vote on Yemen – Your Calls Are Needed 

This week, your Senators are expected to vote on final passage of S.J. Res. 54, the Sanders-Lee-Murphy legislation to end U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Action Alert Important Victory on Yemen - Let's Keep Up the Pressure! 

Grassroots pressure is working! The Trump administration has recently announced that it will be ending mid-air refueling support for the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen.

Action Alert New Senate Bill to Stop Trump’s March to War with Iran  

On Sept. 26, legislation was introduced to prevent President Trump from launching a war against Iran without authorization from Congress.

Action Alert Fueling the Killing of Kids  

FCNL citizen advocates have worked for years to end the illegal U.S. war in Yemen. Your faithful advocacy has resulted in unprecedented momentum to end U.S. support for this war.

Action Alert Urge Your Reps to Oppose Cuts to Palestinian Aid 

Your Representative can still sign on the Price-Welch-Smith letter urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse the Trump administration’s decision to end U.S. funding for the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) and USAID programs in the West Bank and Gaza.

Update Ending the Illegal U.S. War in Yemen 

Today, Representatives Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Adam Smith (WA-09) announced that they will soon be introducing legislation to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen which has plunged it into the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.