Lora Lumpe is advocacy director for security sector governance in the Washington, D.C., office of the Open Society Foundations. Lora develops and executes advocacy strategies to ensure that U.S. foreign military assistance is more transparent and effective, and does not undermine human rights and governance.
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. Lora has served as a consultant on U.S. military assistance and civilian protection issues to numerous government and human rights organizations, including the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, the World Bank, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.
From 1998 to 2001, Lora 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 impact of gun trafficking on humanitarian operations.
Her books include Running Guns: The Global Black Market in Small Arms (2000) and The Arms Trade Revealed: A Guide for Investigators and Activists (1998)