Lora Lumpe is a senior policy analyst in the Washington office of the Open Society Foundations. Lumpe develops and executes advocacy strategies to ensure that U.S. foreign military assistance is more transparent and effective and that it does not undermine human rights and governance in recipient countries.
Over a 25-year career, Lumpe has worked as a researcher, author, and advocate in the fields of human rights and government accountability with a focus on conventional arms control and the arms trade. Prior to joining Open Society, she lobbied the U.S. Congress on behalf of the Friends Committee on National Legislation and coordinated the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs (2007–09).
She has served as a consultant for the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, the World Bank, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Human Rights Watch, the Washington Office on Latin America, Amnesty International USA, and others on issues related to U.S. military assistance and training, weapons flows, and civilian protection.
From 1998 to 2001, Lumpe was the research director for the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, a coalition of humanitarian relief organizations working to diminish the impacts of gun trafficking on humanitarian operations.
Her books include Running Guns: The Global Black Market in Small Arms (London: Zed Books, 2000) and The Arms Trade Revealed: A Guide for Investigators and Activists (Washington, D.C.: Federation of American Scientists Fund, 1998).