Lora Lumpe to head Quincy Institute as first CEO

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WASHINGTON, DC — Lora Lumpe, currently an advocacy director at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), will join the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft (QI) in April as its first Chief Executive Officer, announced the transpartisan think and action tank, which promotes greater restraint in the use of U.S. military force. 

In her new role, Lumpe will oversee all facets of QI’s strategic development, leading the organization’s transition from a start-up non-profit, launched in December 2019, to a major player in reshaping U.S. foreign policy through the generation of research and innovative policy ideas, robust and creative communications outreach, and partnership with civil society and social movements.

“Lora has a decades’ long track record of effectively moving the conversation on U.S. militarism and war toward diplomacy and peaceful solutions,” Suzanne DiMaggio, Chairman of the Quincy Institute, said in her announcement today. “She brings with her an impressive record of accomplishments and a network of contacts that will be invaluable as we solidify QI as the go-to think tank focused on exploring how the United States should engage with the world. Our Board couldn’t be more excited to work with Lora to expand our base of support, our operations, our reach and – most importantly – our impact.” 

Lumpe is a leading expert on the effects of hyper-militarization, including arms sales, military aid, child soldiers, landmines, and gun-running. Her advocacy work at OSF has focused on reining in the harmful impacts of Pentagon policies that have long defined and dominated U.S. engagement abroad, namely by imposing constraints on the $10-20 billion provided annually in assistance to foreign militaries and other security forces. At OSF she also worked as a philanthropist to build up the field of groups working against U.S. militarism. Prior to her nine years at OSF, Lumpe worked for several progressive research and lobby organizations, including the Federation of American Scientists, the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, and the Friends Committee on National Legislation. She has worked on or led humanitarian disarmament campaigns — from chemical weapons to cluster munitions.

“I am thrilled to be joining the talented team at the Quincy Institute. For the first time in decades, there is a national debate about the politics of restraint in the United States around war and militarism. This has been my life’s work, and QI is poised to drive the conversation,” Lumpe says. “With the very real threat posed today by climate chaos, the misery and refugee flows unleashed by war, and the diversion of resources from human needs, the stakes could not be higher and the time could not be riper for this project.”    

“Lora is a seasoned advocate and philanthropist with sound political judgment, who has worked for decades for a more militarily restrained U.S. engagement with the world,” said Andrew Bacevich, the Quincy Institute’s president.  “We are thrilled to have her at the helm. I look forward to working shoulder to shoulder with her to lead this institution in challenging the overly expansive use of the U.S. military and in recalibrating civil-military relations in this country.” 

Trita Parsi, the organization’s executive vice president, said : “Lora is the consummate professional who knows how to get important things done in this city precisely because she is poised at the intersection of politics and policy. She is exactly the leader we need to take QI to the next level.”