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Kate Beale

Senior Policy Director

Kate Beale is a senior policy director in Crowell & Moring's Government Affairs Group and affiliated with C&M International, the global government relations, public policy, and public affairs affiliate of Crowell & Moring in the Washington, D.C. office. She supports clients in their efforts to shape legislative and regulatory policy. Kate brings 20 years of experience leading foreign policy, global health, humanitarian assistance and economic policy at the grassroots level, Congress, Obama administration, and private sector.

Prior to joining Crowell, Kate was the associate vice president of international advocacy for The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). At PhRMA, she led the association’s advocacy efforts in India, Australia, and Washington, D.C., working with Ministries of Commerce, Finance, and Health as well as the U.S. State Department, National Security Council, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Department of Commerce, and Capitol Hill. Kate led commercial diplomacy on key issues of market development, regulatory frameworks, intellectual property, international trade, and patient access to strengthen international health systems and respond to emerging global health threats, including COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance, and HIV.

Previously, Kate served in the U.S. government for over 15 years. President Barack Obama appointed Beale to serve as deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Her work focused on the overall strategy of the agency and specific programs in global health, humanitarian assistance, innovation, and governance across 13 bilateral missions and three regional missions. Kate played a leadership role in developing the Congressional response to the Haiti Earthquake and securing funding for Haiti relief programs and policies.

Kate also worked as the director of congressional relations at the Peace Corps, where she led the negotiations with Senate and House Appropriations Committees for the agency’s annual budget, led congressional delegations to key countries, and supported strategic programmatic expansions in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. She led the Ebola-response efforts for Peace Corps and the redesign of the Global Health Service Partnership funded by PEPFAR: the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In addition, Kate managed the implementation of the Kate Puzey Volunteer Protection Act, which supports the victims of violence and sexual assault while protecting Peace Corps whistleblowers.

Prior to joining the federal government, Kate worked as a legislative staff member for both Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), handling appropriations, health care, infrastructure, women’s issues and a variety of critical policy matters. She was instrumental in drafting legislation and working alongside the National Congress of Black Women and the Architect of the Capitol to place the bust of Sojourner Truth in the U.S. Capitol, the first sculpture to honor an African American woman on the Capitol grounds. Kate began her career in public service with the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Paraguay.

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • National Women’s Hall of Fame, 2021 Induction Ceremony Co-Chair
  • Little Folks School, Board Member


  • Boston University, B.A.
  • Dublin City University, European Studies


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"Global Health: A Look Ahead at Trends in Seven Key Areas," International Trade Bulletin (April 7, 2022). Contacts: Robert Holleyman, Jodi G. Daniel, Patricia L. Wu, Clark Jennings, Kate Beale, Ryan MacFarlane, Eric Obscherning, Andrew Blasi
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: How the Private Sector Can Inform the Biden Administration’s Approach," International Trade Bulletin (April 5, 2022). Contacts: Robert Holleyman, Clark Jennings, Kate Beale, Christopher D. Gundermann
Client Alert / Newsletter
"President Joe Biden Outlines 2023 White House Priorities in Budget Request to Congress," Biden 2021 Series (April 1, 2022). Contacts: James G. Flood, Byron R. Brown, Kate Beale, W. Scott Douglas, Stacie Heller, Tim Shadyac, Thomas Mottur
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Biden Highlights Health Care Agenda During State of the Union Remarks; International Policy Dominated by Ukraine and China Uncertainty," Health Care Alert (March 3, 2022). Contacts: Byron R. Brown, Stacie Heller, James G. Flood, Kate Beale, W. Scott Douglas, Tim Shadyac
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Congress Passes $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill: What is In It?," (November 8, 2021). Contacts: Byron R. Brown, James G. Flood, W. Scott Douglas, Stacie Heller, Tim Shadyac, Kate Beale, Thomas Mottur
Client Alert / Newsletter
"An Update on The Status of Infrastructure Legislation," Infrastructure Alerts (August 17, 2021). Contacts: James G. Flood, Byron R. Brown, Kate Beale, W. Scott Douglas, Tim Shadyac
Client Alert / Newsletter
Lobbying World The Hill (May 19, 2021)
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The Daily Docket: May 14, 2021 Reuters Legal (May 14, 2021)
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POLITICO Women Rule: May 14, 2021 POLITICO (May 14, 2021)
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Crowell Taps PhRMA Exec For Government Affairs, Public Policy Role Reuters Legal (May 13, 2021)
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