Lorah Steichen is the Outreach Coordinator for the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, a project dedicated to fighting for a U.S. Federal budget that prioritizes peace, economic security, and shared prosperity. In this role, Lorah helps facilitate collaborations with climate-change focused organizations on shifting our war economy to address the climate crisis.
Prior to IPS, Lorah worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where she supported NAACP branches organizing for environmental and climate justice through the lens of the Association’s historic civil rights mission. Lorah graduated from Whitman College where she studied Politics and Environmental Studies and got her start as an organizer in the fossil fuel divestment movement. Her honors thesis examined the politics of social movement coalitions between Indigenous and environmental activists organizing in opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline. She also studied Peace and Conflict in the Balkans with the School for International Training.