Nancy Lindborg, president and CEO of the U.S. Institute of Peace, announced today that she will be stepping down later this year. On September 1, she will assume the role of president and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lindborg has served as president since February 2015 and will remain in her role through August 2020 to allow time for the Board to identify a successor and ensure a seamless transition.

“I am enormously honored to have had the opportunity to lead USIP over the past five years. I continue to be inspired every day that peace is both possible and practical, thanks to our exceptionally committed and talented global team, our dedicated board of directors, and large community of partners and supporters,” stated Ms. Lindborg.

“The Board has accepted Nancy’s decision but with the greatest regret, as we have the highest regard for her and for her leadership of USIP over the last five years. We wish her every success in her next chapter, and we greatly appreciate her willingness to stay through August and assist in the transition to a new president of the Institute,” stated Stephen J. Hadley, chair of USIP’s Board of Directors.

“This has been a difficult decision given how passionate I am about USIP’s mission and work,” Lindborg added. “Twenty-four years ago, I left San Francisco for a one-year stint in DC, but those years quickly became decades as I realized the extraordinary opportunity to work on such compelling issues here. I am grateful for this unexpected opportunity to join a highly respected foundation working on such vital local and global issues back in the San Francisco Bay Area. And I will greatly miss this amazing organization and the wonderful people with whom I’ve had the privilege to work,” Lindborg added.

“Our country owes Nancy a deep debt of gratitude for her outstanding leadership. In a time of urgent challenges to U.S. security and increased global complexity, Nancy has masterfully led the Institute to draw on our core strengths while nimbly adapting to an evolving global landscape,” Hadley noted.

“Nancy has led the Institute with vision, purpose and distinction. She came to the Institute with extensive diplomatic, development, and humanitarian experience in both government and the NGO community. Over the past five years, she has applied that knowledge and experience to deepening the impact of USIP’s work in conflict prevention and peacebuilding,” stated George E. Moose, vice chair of the Board.

“Through her careful stewardship of USIP’s talent and resources, Nancy will be leaving the Institute in a strong position. Her constant reminder of how a relatively modest investment in conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution can save lives and taxpayer dollars, her deep appreciation of each and every individual’s contribution to making peace possible, and her skillful and genuine ability to build partnerships will be hallmarks of her service to the Institute,” Moose noted.

“In the meantime, I am excited to work with our Board and extraordinary global team as we get our new strategic plan underway, which provides a pathway for addressing our evermore complex and fast-changing world with the agility and creativity necessary to fulfill our mission,” noted Lindborg.

“I am particularly heartened by the strong bipartisan Congressional confidence in USIP, evident both in the increased FY 2020 funding as well as with the growing numbers of task forces and working groups they entrust us to host. The December 2019 Congressional passage of the Global Fragility Act was an especially significant milestone. It incorporated most of the recommendations from the congressionally-directed USIP Task Force on Extremism and Fragile States and charts a path forward for more effective ways to address state fragility, which remains a core source of global violent conflict and a key focus area for USIP,” she noted. “I look forward to the important work we will continue to do together in the coming months.”