FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. - April 20, 2020
CMEP Appoints Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations
CMEP is pleased to announce the promotion of Kyle Cristofalo as our new head of D.C. office and Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations and special advisor to the executive director. Kyle has been with CMEP for three years, previously serving as the Director of Advocacy and Government Relations. Prior to working with CMEP, Kyle worked as a grant writer for Elevate, a program assistant for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), and as a seminary fellow for the Office of Public Witness of the Presbyterian Church USA. He has his Masters of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology with a concentration in Justice, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, and his undergraduate from Messiah College in peace and conflict studies. After graduating from college, Kyle spent ten months living in Bethlehem working at Bethlehem Bible College. While in Bethlehem, Kyle helped in the planning of the first ever Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in 2010.
A lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Kyle is deeply committed to ecumenical engagement, having worked with the Mennonite Church and the ELCA Southeastern Synod in Atlanta, GA; graduating from a United Methodist Seminary; and working with the Quakers at the Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL).
Kyle’s advocacy expertise and experience remains a great asset to the work of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP). We are grateful to have his role and responsibilities expanded to include oversight of the D.C. office in addition to Congressional engagement, policy and advocacy strategic priorities, and coalition work, as CMEP diligently pursues our advocacy priorities of holistic peacebuilding, economic and humanitarian assistance, and human rights efforts toward just resolutions to conflicts in the Middle East.
Reflecting on his new role, Kyle Cristofalo says “I am thrilled to expand my role at CMEP as we work to shift U.S. policies in support of a just and lasting end to the conflict in Israel-Palestine and for peace throughout the Middle East. At CMEP, I have found a place where I can bring together my passion for faith-based citizen advocacy, the Middle East, and the political process. I am grateful to be at CMEP with dedicated colleagues and a committed network of supporters who make our work possible.”
Formed in 1984, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 29 national church communions and organizations, including Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Evangelical traditions that works to encourage US policies that actively promote a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the Middle East with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. CMEP works to mobilize US Christians to embrace a holistic perspective and to be advocates of equality, human rights, security, and justice for Israelis, Palestinians, and all people of the Middle East.