Legislative Associate, Middle East Policy
Kate Gould is FCNL's lead lobbyist on Middle East policy. Kate is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. advocating to prevent war with Iran and support Israeli-Palestinian peace. Kate represents FCNL on the board of Churches for Middle East Peace and writes on foreign policy for The Huffington Post. Her writing has also appeared in The Hill, PBS Frontline’s Tehran Bureau, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and other national outlets.
Kate served as FCNL's foreign policy program assistant from 2007-2009. Her lobbying work at FCNL inspired her to seek first-hand knowledge of the impact of U.S. policies by traveling and working in the Middle East for nine months.
Kate taught Palestinian schoolteachers for AMIDEAST in the West Bank city of Hebron, helped coordinate a joint Israeli-Palestinian radio show at the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information in Jerusalem, and worked as a freelance journalist throughout the West Bank. In Gaza, she documented the impact of the blockade on civil society organizations in a report for the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv in conjunction with the Rebuilding Alliance, a U.S. NGO. Kate also interned for Senator Jeff Merkley both in her home town of Medford, Oregon and in his Washington, DC office.
Kate majored in International Development and Political Science at Western Washington University and studied abroad in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Zanzibar/Tanzania. Kate is a member of the Friends Meeting in Washington, D.C.