Diana Ohlbaum (@dohlbaum) is senior strategist and legislative director for foreign policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, leading a team of 10 lobbyists seeking a more ethical and effective U.S. approach to national and global security. She also chairs the board of the Center for International Policy.
Dr. Ohlbaum has nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill, where she served as a senior professional staff member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and earlier as an aide to Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD). During her time as a congressional staff member, she coordinated efforts to overhaul the outdated Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, improve oversight of arms sales and security assistance, and promote diplomacy and multilateralism.
Dr. Ohlbaum also has worked in the executive branch and the private and nonprofit sectors, including as deputy director of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, proprietor of an independent consulting firm, and director of public policy for InterAction. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Russian studies from Amherst College.
Articles by this author:
Toward A More Responsible US Arms Trade Policy: Recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration
by Annie Shiel, Seth Binder, Jeff Abramson, William Hartung, Rachel Stohl, Diana Ohlbaum, Adam Isacson, Brittany Benowitz and Daniel R. Mahanty
Jan 19th, 2021
Yes, Congress, There Is Something You Can Do About Reckless Arms Sales
by Diana Ohlbaum and Rachel Stohl
Jun 9th, 2020