Kate Gould

Legislative Director, Middle East Policy


Kate Gould

Kate Gould serves as the Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. Kate directs FCNL's lobbying on Middle East policy, and is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to support diplomatic solutions to 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 published in 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 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: the Palestinian shepherds, Israeli rabbis, Palestinian women’s cooperative owners, therapists in Gaza treating children who have lived through three wars, and Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have started over to make a new life. Kate is a member of the Friends Meeting of Washington.

kate@fcnl.org

Articles by Kate Gould

Update MLK Day and the Iran Deal 

Dr. King told us that peace must not only be seen as a 'distant goal,' but also 'a means by which we arrive at that goal.' This week the possibilities for what peace can accomplish as both a goal AND a means to that goal is on full display in U.S.-Iranian relations.

Background Celebrating the Iran Deal 

Diplomacy works! And so does people-powered, pro-peace advocacy.

Update Briefing on the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis 

Hosted by FCNL and AFSC

FCNL co-hosted a briefing with AFSC on December 9, 2015 on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and what steps Congress can do to de-escalate tensions.

Press Release 55 Representatives Support Negotiations to End Syrian Civil War 

Fifty-five members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama supporting international negotiations to end the civil war in Syria. The letter, led by Rep. Jim Himes (CT), calls on the President to use the full authority of his office to “convene international negotiations designed to stop the civil war in Syria.”

Background Where to Go in Israel and Palestine 

Delegations, Tour Groups, and Peacebuilding Organizations

Most visits to Israel/Palestine stay on the beaten path. These suggestions can help policymakers and members of the public gain a greater understanding of the conflict, and to witness first-hand the work of Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilders to bring about a just and lasting resolution to the conflict.

Press Release Iran Accord Victory a Testament to Power of Pro-Peace Citizenry 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation hails the Senate vote to uphold the historic accord to rein in Iran’s nuclear program, guarding against another nuclear-armed nation and another war.

Press Release FCNL Hails 42 Votes for Iran Accord, Paving Path for Victory on Senate Floor 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation applauds the decision by 42 senators to support the accord to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

Press Release 53 Christian Leaders Urge Congress to Support Iran Deal 

Fifty-three Christian leaders representing dozens denominations and Christian organizations sent a letter to Congress today, urging lawmakers to vote in favor of the Vienna agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program.

Background Iran Deal: Hill Staff Resources 

The Iran Nuclear Accord must continue to be protected from ongoing efforts to undermine it.

Press Release Historic Iran Deal Deserves Full Congressional Support 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation welcomes the historic breakthrough between six powers and Iran, and calls on Congress to support this accord, which guards against another nuclear-armed nation and war in the Middle East.