Lora Lumpe is a senior policy analyst at the Open Society Foundations focusing on U.S. foreign military assistance and related policy issues. In particular, she looks to expand human rights and humanitarian law protections relating to military and police assistance and trade.
Lumpe has worked as a researcher, writer, lobbyist, and campaigner in this field for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, she lobbied the U.S. Congress on behalf of the Friends Committee on National Legislation on conventional weapons and military aid, including small arms, landmines, and cluster munitions. While there, she coordinated the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs.
At the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Lumpe directed the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers, a coalition of humanitarian relief organizations. She developed an on-line database on small arms trafficking and edited a book on the international traffic in arms. In addition, in 2001, Lumpe organized a major public rally around a United Nations conference on gunrunning that featured testimonials through ballet, classical music, rap, slam poetry, photography, street theater, posters, and spoken word presentations.
Lumpe also founded and directed the Arms Sales Monitoring Project at the Federation of American Scientists. This project, still in existence, works to reduce surplus production and export of conventional weapons, principally by the United States. She also consulted for the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, World Bank, Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Human Rights Watch, Washington Office on Latin America, Amnesty International USA, and many others on issues of military assistance and training, weapons flow, and civilian protection.
Lumpe edited Running Guns: The Global Black Market in Small Arms (Zed Books) and co-authored, with Jeff Donarski, The Arms Trade Revealed: A Guide for Investigators and Activists (Federation of American Scientists Fund).
She received a BA in political science and Russian and East European studies from Indiana University.