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Stimson Center Announces New Leadership Team

Joy Drucker joins Stimson as Vice President of External Affairs and Advancement; Vice President Rachel Stohl appointed to expanded role; Vice President Victoria Holt steps down, becomes Distinguished Fellow
Featuring Joy Drucker  ·  Brian Finlay  ·  Victoria K. Holt  ·  Rachel Stohl

The Stimson Center is proud to announce that Joy Drucker has joined the leadership team as Vice President of External Affairs and Advancement. Drucker comes to Stimson with 30 years of experience working in the U.S. Executive branch, Congress, and the business and non-profit sectors. Drucker will provide strategic leadership in support of Stimson’s continued growth, impact, and public outreach. Read Drucker’s full bio.

“For over three decades, the Stimson Center has provided innovative solutions to the world’s most intractable challenges,” said Drucker. “I am proud to support Stimson’s mission of promoting international security and shared prosperity with new partners and audiences.”

“Joy brings the kind of executive and development experience that a growing organization like Stimson needs,” said Stimson President and CEO Brian Finlay. “Even through the pandemic, the Stimson Center has thrived. Our continued success is a testament to our team, our unique approach, and the values and pragmatism that drive our work and make us an indispensable partner. I look forward to working with Joy to sustain that success well into our fourth decade.”

Rachel Stohl will step into an expanded role as Vice President of Research Programs, coordinating the institution’s research strategy across Stimson’s broadening policy programs. Stohl has held a Vice President position at Stimson since February of 2020, was previously Managing Director, and will continue to lead the Conventional Defense program.

“Stimson is a unique place, and I am excited to work with our programs in this expanded role, supporting their impactful research, identifying opportunities for programmatic growth, and fostering collaboration across the organization,” said Stohl. “We live in an increasingly fraught moment in history, and I believe that Stimson’s innovative approaches to meeting policy challenges are tailor-made to facilitate a more peaceful and prosperous world for us all.”

Victoria Holt is leaving her position this summer to become the Norman E. McCulloch, Jr. Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. She will keep a Stimson Center affiliation as a Distinguished Fellow.

“I love Stimson’s focus on real-world issues and the ambition to find pragmatic solutions,” said Holt, who has held various research and leadership roles at Stimson. She served most recently as Vice President and Director of the Transforming Conflict and Governance program. “Stimson is a special institution, and I look forward to continuing to be part of its community of scholars and practitioners.”

“Tori has helped lead Stimson with insight and vision and served as an expert voice for renewed multilateral problem-solving in international security — work that builds on her 30-year career in Washington and experience as a diplomat with the State Department. She is an exceptional colleague to us all here at Stimson,” said Brian Finlay. “We have benefited tremendously from her thoughtful leadership. I am pleased she will continue her affiliation with Stimson as a Distinguished Fellow – good news for us, and for the cause of multilateral cooperation to meet global challenges.“

The Stimson Center promotes international security, shared prosperity, and justice through applied research and independent analysis, deep engagement, and policy innovation.

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