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

FCNL in the News A "Safe Zone" in Syria Sounds Like a Great Idea. It Would Be a Disaster 

FCNL's Kate Gould writes: "The goal of a 'safe zone' is a laudable one: to protect civilians from attacks in a designated area. But despite its misleadingly simplistic name, establishing a 'safe zone' in Syria would put civilians in even greater danger and risk prolonging Syria’s bloody nightmare."

FCNL in the News At One Year Mark, Iran Deal has Already Made World Safer 

FCNL's Kate Gould and Rep. Keith Ellison write: "This week, we celebrate a quiet anniversary – one that’s probably far from most people’s minds. It’s the anniversary of an agreement that’s been a quiet success. A deal that keeps a nuclear weapon out of Iran’s hands, and makes the world a safer place."

Update The Iran Nuclear Deal One Year Later 

One year after the Iran nuclear deal, FCNL's Middle East lobbyist Kate Gould joined Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council on a webinar hosted by Women's Action for New Directions to discuss the challenges and successes of the deal's implementation.

Statement FCNL Applauds Lawmakers' Call for Special Envoy for Palestinian Youth 

Twenty members of Congress, led by Representative Betty McCollum (MN), sent a letter to President Obama calling for the appointment of a Special Envoy for Palestinian Youth, in response to reports of widespread mistreatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention.

Press Release FCNL Applauds Congressional Letter Backing 'Leahy Law' Application in Israel and Egypt 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation welcomes the congressional letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting assurances that the Leahy law restrictions on assistance to foreign security forces are being applied to Israel and Egypt.

Background Treat ISIS Like an Artichoke: A Non-Military Route to the Heart of the Crisis 

FCNL's Kate Gould explain that, to get to the heart of the ISIS crisis, we must press our elected officials and other policy makers to treat ISIS like an artichoke. The most promising way to deal with ISIS is to use non-military means to strip off its overlapping layers of recruits, weapons, and political and financial support.

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.”