Nancy Langer

Former Director of External Relations

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Nancy A. F. Langer is director of External Relations for Stimson. She oversees both communications and development, with an eye to broadening Stimson’s global support and policy reach.  Langer has launched a series of annual events  promoting Stimson’s brand of pragmatic idealism at embassies in Washington,  the most recent held at the Canadian Embassy, honoring Madeleine Albright.

Langer has worked on four continents for humanitarian causes. As director of development for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2002 – 2007, Langer launched the AID DARFUR campaign, involving Meryl Streep, Tony Bennett, and bestselling author Khaled Hosseini. In the 1990s, Langer focused on women’s health and rights projects with the United States Agency for International Development in Romania and Egypt, and with the United Nations Population Fund in the Philippines and Outer Mongolia. In the 1980s, Langer served on the senior staff of Planned Parenthood of New York City and was associate director of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund during the early years of the AIDS crisis.

Langer has been interviewed in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and other outlets. Her work on getting people with AIDS access to insurance was profiled in US News and World Report. Her essays on rights and security issues have appeared in such disparate outlets as USA Today, Playboy, Ms., and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Langer received a BA from Goucher College and also studied at New York University.


Selected Publications

Mekong Tipping Point (video coproducer, Stimson, 2009).

Obama: More of the Same” (Baltimore Sun, 2010).

20 Years of Solutions (video producer, Stimson, 2009).

UN Disabilities Treaty Deserves Support” (Baltimore Sun, 2009).

Henry L. Stimson Center (video producer, Stimson, 2008).

Global Food Fight” (Baltimore Sun, 2008).

Facing the Truth about What is Tearing Chad Apart” (Baltimore Sun, 2008).

Aid Workers Deserve the Best Security” (Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2007).

Have Donors Learned the Real Lessons of the Tsunamis?” (Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2005) – with David Hamburg.


Research & Writing

Global Food Fight

By Nancy Langer and Richard Marks – Jean Ziegler, the United Nations special rapporteur for the right to food, recently raised blood pressures by dubbing biofuels “a crime against humanity”. Criminal or not, the comment underscored a UN and World Bank…

ICC Indictment of Sudan’s al-Bashir Will Test Court’s Relevancy

The International Criminal Court (ICC) judges return on August 18th from recess with a recommendation to indict Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir on the top of their in-box. The issue has humanitarians on the ground in Darfur very worried. Says one UN staffe…

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