Thursday, May 19, 2016

It is our pleasure to introduce our newest staff members at the American Task Force for Lebanon: 

Jessica Turner and Matthew Goulding!


Jessica comes to ATFL after working on Capitol Hill where she served as Executive Assistant and 

Scheduler to Congressman Jeff Miller of Florida. Prior to her work with Congressman Miller, Jessica served as Communications and Staff Assistant to Congressman Buck McKeon of California. She is currently working toward a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Political Science from Miami University of Ohio. Jessica will serve as Executive Assistant and Office Manager for ATFL. 


Matthew also comes to ATFL after working on Capitol Hill where he served as Legisla...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The American Task Force for Lebanon is pleased to congratulate Ambassador Elizabeth Holzhall Richard on her confirmation as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Lebanese Republic. Ambassador Richard was appointed by President Barack Obama in February of this year and officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 17, 2016. In her confirmation hearing, Ambassador Richard listed the three biggest challenges to Lebanon’s stability as the refugee crisis, current political impasse, and Hezbollah. She believes the United States should partner with Lebanon’s legitimate government institutions and provide the aid necessary to overcome these challenges. Ambassador Richard also hopes to expand trade between Lebanon and the United States and to promote U.S. exports to Lebanon through her...

Thursday, May 12, 2016


ATFL Vice Chairman of the Board, Nijad Fares (and first President of the ATFL) and wife Zeina hosted an ATFL special briefing on Lebanon with Mona Yacoubian, US AID Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East in Houston, Texas.

(Pictured from left to right): Mona Yacoubian; Dr. William Zoghbi, cardiologist (and husband of Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi, Founding Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and 2015 ATFL Honoree of Ray Irani Lifetime Achievement Award); and ATFL Executive Director Leslie Touma


View Mona's presentation here: Presentation Link

Read more about USAID's work on Lebanon here: USAID Link

Dr. William Zoghbi: Background 



Friday, May 6, 2016

ALL IN THE FAMILY: No one is more aware of the vital role Lebanon plays in the Middle East than the 500,000-plus Americans of Lebanese descent, especially now that the motherland has been overwhelmed by its efforts to house, feed, educate, and provide medical care for 1.4 million Syrian refugees. The issue was much on the minds of guests at the American Task Force for Lebanon's annual gala . . .


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