Lora Lumpe is the CEO of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Prior to joining Qi, she was an advocacy director at the Open Society Foundations, combatting the corrosive effects of militarism on democracy in the United States and abroad. In her nine years at OSF she helped build and lead a field of groups working to challenge reckless US arms sales, military assistance, use of force, and military spending. She worked with dozens of partners from across a range of approaches to grow and direct their power to achieve coordinated wins on Capitol Hill.
Lora is an expert on several aspects of U.S. hyper-militarization, including military budget, arms industry and weapons sales, military aid and training, child soldiers, gun running, and munitions with disproportionate impact on non-combatants. Prior to OSF, Lora 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 a half dozen humanitarian disarmament campaigns — from chemical weapons to cluster munitions. During the 2000s she was a sought-after consultant for deep research and strategic planning, for national and international organizations.
Her books include Running Guns: The Global Black Market in Small Arms (2000), Small Arms Control: Old Weapons, New Issues (1999) and The Arms Trade Revealed: A Guide for Investigators and Activists (1998). She used to write and publish a lot and hopes to do so again.
She has a degree in Political Science and Russian and East European Studies from Indiana University.