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President and Chairman of the Board


   Senator Richard G. Lugar (Ret.) 

Senator Lugar recently retired after six terms as the 17th longest serving Senator in U.S. history. He is a past chairman of both the Agriculture Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee. He served continuously as Chairman or Ranking Member of one of those Committees from 1985 until 2013. In these posts he was central to U.S. efforts to improve global food security and domestic nutrition, and he was a champion for effective foreign assistance programs. He was the main author of the Lugar-Casey Global Food Security bill of 2009, which sought to make long-term global agricultural productivity and rural development a top U.S. development priority. Senator Lugar is also the manager of his family’s 604-acre corn, soybean, and tree farm located within the city limits of Indianapolis, Indiana. As a boy, he worked with his father on this land, and he frequently has observed that his farm has improved yields fourfold during his lifetime. As a farmer, he has sought to employ the most advanced techniques and inputs available to maximize productivity and protect the environment.

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The Lugar Center Staff



John Lugar

Executive Director



John serves as Executive Director of The Lugar Center. He brings 25 years of commercial real estate, government and international business experience to The Lugar Center. Mr. Lugar was the founder and partner of an international private equity firm focused on South America and has significant business development experience, including assignments and new ventures in the then Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union, Hungary, Mexico and South Africa. Lugar is a licensed, practicing commercial realtor in Metropolitan Washington, DC, as well as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).



Marty Morris

Counsel to the President


Marty served as Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Lugar for 23 years. When he retired at the beginning of 2013, he was the longest serving chief of staff in the Senate. He provided strategic direction to Lugar's leadership of the Agriculture and Foreign Relations Committees and played a role in all of his major initiatives, including the Nunn-Lugar program, global food security, and Farm Bill reforms. He is well known in Washington as a political strategist and managed Senator Lugar's successful campaigns in 1988, 1994, 2000, and 2006. In addition to serving as Counsel to the President of The Lugar Center, Marty is a Professor of the Practice at Duke University.


Dan Diller

Director of Policy



In his position as Director of Policy, Dan brings extensive Capitol Hill policy and communications experience to The Lugar Center, having served ten years as Legislative Director to Senator Richard Lugar and another ten years as Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC). In these capacities he oversaw foreign and domestic policy development and drafted more than a thousand speeches and statements for Senator Lugar. He was heavily involved in a wide range of policy initiatives, including the Nunn-Lugar Program, arms control agreements, the Lugar-Casey Global Food Security bill, State Department oversight, foreign assistance reform, several farm bills, and domestic hunger legislation. Before coming to the Senate he worked for seven years as a writer and book editor at Congressional Quarterly, specializing in U.S. foreign policy, the Presidency, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. He holds Masters degrees from American University (International Affairs) and the University of Virginia (English Literature).



Lori Groves Rowley

Director, Global Food Security and Aid Effectiveness



Lori has nearly 20 years of senior leadership and committee experience on Capitol Hill. Most recently she served as the Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee responsible for U.S. foreign assistance policy, including global food security and global climate change. She served as Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Chairman during Rep. Ralph Regula’s (R-OH) tenure as Chairman of two House Appropriations Subcommittees, the House Interior and Related Agencies Subcommittee and the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Rowley has also spent time in the private sector, having represented an integrated natural gas company before federal agencies and Congress with a focus on barriers to and technology research for new market development. She directs The Lugar Center’s Global Food Security and Foreign Assistance programs.



Connie Veillette

Senior Fellow, Global Food Security and Aid Effectiveness



Connie brings three decades of experience working in the foreign policymaking environment in the House of Representatives, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Congressional Research Service. She was also the director of the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program at the Center for Global Development. She has served as a consultant to the Chicago Council on Global Affair’s work on food security and to the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program. She is a member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and the AGree advisory board. She is an adjunct professor at George Washington University teaching courses on Comparative Foreign Politics and Congress and Foreign Policy. She holds a MA in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University. At The Lugar Center, her areas of research include global food security, foreign assistance effectiveness, the budget and appropriations process, and congressional politics.


Thomas C. Moore

Senior Fellow, WMD Nonproliferation 


Thomas C. Moore served as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 2003 to 2012. In this capacity, he held responsibility for arms control, arms sales and nonproliferation. Prior to working on the Foreign Relations Committee, he was Staff Assistant to the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Tom was the lead professional staff member for the Moscow Treaty; the U.S.-IAEA Additional Protocol, and its implementing legislation; the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, and its implementing legislation; agreements for peaceful nuclear cooperation under section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act with India, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and several other nations; major U.S. arms sales and transfers; U.S. defense trade treaties with the United Kingdom and Australia, and their implementing legislation; and the New START Treaty.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Russian and East European Studies from the University of Kansas in 1999, Phi Beta Kappa, With Distinction. He is proficient in Russian. He is a past member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and an Atlantik-Brücke German-American Young Leader.


Nick McCormick

Policy Analyst



Nick McCormick serves as a policy analyst at The Lugar Center. After graduating from Indiana University, Nick served in the United States Army for five years, including a deployment to Iraq, where he earned an Army Commendation Medal. Nick has worked as a Legislative Associate for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and previously served on Senator Lugar’s Senate staff as a Legislative Assistant and Special Assistant to the Staff Director on the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.



Conor Bindner

Policy Analyst



Conor Bindner serves as a policy analyst for The Lugar Center. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a major in political science and has interned with former Governor Mitch Daniels’ (R-IN) Aiming Higher Political Action Committee in Indianapolis and the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining The Lugar Center, Conor worked as a staff assistant in Senator Lugar's office conducting research on issues before the United States Senate.

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What's New At The Center

Senator Lugar ranked #1 on Howey Politics 20th Anniversary Power 50 List

By: Howey Politics Indiana | 17-Oct-2014
Journalists write the so-called first draft of history. Some of us join the true historians, step back and reevaluate the early takes. With Howey Politics Indiana observing its 20th Anniversary this year, it was appropriate to take that step back, go through past editions and make some new assessments. . . . . READ MORE

Lugar Leadership Series celebrates 25 years of training female politicians

By: WTHR Channel 13 Indianapolis | 13-Oct-2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Tuesday was an important day for the hundreds of women who have participated in the Lugar Leadership Series. It marked the 25th anniversary of the group setup by former Senator Richard Lugar 25 years ago with the goal of encouraging the participation of women in politics. . . . . READ MORE

TLC Senior Fellow Tom Moore comments on ISIS weaponry

By: The Center for Public Integrity | 06-Oct-2014
An independent arms monitoring group has collected evidence that fighters in the Middle Eastern extremist group known as the Islamic State, labeled a “network of death” by President Obama, are using weapons and ammunition manufactured in at least 21 different countries, including China, Russia, and the United States. . . . . READ MORE


What’s Next for Niger?

By: Lori Groves Rowley | 13-Oct-2014
It’s a busy fall on the food security front. In September the United Nations through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 (SOFI 2014) in which it reported that about 805 million people suffer from chronic hunger. This incomprehensibly high number actually represents progress. Since more than 26 countries and a host of NGOs began making initial funding commitment to support global agriculture development in 2009 at the G-8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy, the number of people suffering from chronic hunger has been edging downward – from 842 million last year and just over a billion in 2012. . . . . READ MORE

New Report on U.S. Food Aid Programs Confirms Urgent Need for Reform

By: Senator Richard G. Lugar | 03-Oct-2014
Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications in conjunction with USA Today has just released a series of reports on the U.S. food aid program. These reports add to the bounty of governmental and non-governmental studies citing the incredible shipping expenses associated with these programs. The reports confirm that rational reforms would save the lives of many people in desperate circumstances, as well as reducing costs for taxpayers. Unfortunately, these reforms are opposed by special interests that benefit financially from these inefficiencies. . . . . READ MORE

Transparency Really Does Matter

By: Lori Rowley and Diana Ohlbaum | 24-Sep-2014
Transparency really does matter. It is through data and evidence that we hold ourselves mutually accountable for the successful outcomes of U.S. foreign assistance, paving the way toward a more stable, prosperous and secure world. . . . . READ MORE

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