Program Assistant for Middle East Policy
Leah Muskin-Pierret works with Kate Gould to support FCNL’s lobbying on issues of militarism and the possibilities for peace in U.S. Middle East policy. She lobbies and provides support for FCNL’s network of constituent lobbyists to promote diplomatic solutions over military action in U.S. policy towards Iran, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Israel/Palestine.
Prior to FCNL, Leah graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in American Studies and International Relations, focusing on the contemporary history of U.S. militarism at home and abroad. She has promoted peace through researching civilian protection in Syria with the Center for Civilians in Conflict, synthesizing news on U.S.-Tunisia policy at the Project on Middle East Democracy, and supporting peacebuilding programs at Search for Common Ground. She owes most of her real Middle East politics knowledge to the wise and kind people she met living and studying in Cairo, Egypt for five months in 2015.
Leah got her start in advocacy during high school when she and a fellow activist played an instrumental role in defeating a youth curfew proposal in Montgomery County, Maryland. After work hours, she continues to dedicate her time to justice work, including student and community organizing to advance an end to the occupation and a just peace in Israel/Palestine.
Outside of her political work, Leah is a voracious reader and an enthusiastic traveler.