Cheryl L. Ramp

Former Executive Vice President and COO

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Cheryl L. Ramp is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Stimson. She joined Stimson in 1999 to expand the institution’s capacity, stability, and impact. She oversees day-to-day management, including development, communications, finance, and human resources. Drawing on her experience in program management and strategic planning, Ramp works to build a cohesive team culture and increase institutional effectiveness. Ramp has also conducted research on the impact of think tanks on public policy, as well as training programs to build the capacity of civil-society leaders in the US and abroad.

Prior to joining Stimson, Ramp was vice president for public affairs, development, and planning at Youth for Understanding (YFU) International Exchange. During her eleven-year tenure with YFU, Ramp was responsible for fund development with corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors; marketing; corporate communications; program design and management; and strategic planning.

Ramp also provided communications, development, and strategic guidance to trade and labor groups, arts organizations, and political campaigns as an account executive with the Kamber Group, and Hartnett & Associates, both Washington-based public relations management firms. Ramp worked for Congressman Les Aspin (D-WI), on Capitol Hill and in his district, and for Vice President Walter F. Mondale during his 1984 presidential campaign.

Ramp holds a BA in philosophy from Beloit College, and recently completed an executive leadership program at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.


Selected Publications

Public Policy Centers in Iraq: A Capacity Building Workshop (2006)

Research & Writing

Partnering with Governments for a More Secure World

“Pragmatic steps” have been the centerpiece of Stimson’s work since its inception.  So it comes as no surprise that working with practitioners, particularly the implementers that translate policies on paper into programs, action, and outcomes, has…

Carnegie Corporation of New York: There from the start

Before the ink was even dry on the incorporation papers of the brand-new Henry L. Stimson Center, the Carnegie Corporation of New York made its first investment in our work. Indeed, without that first grant, titled “Avoiding Nuclear War”, this “new kin…

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