Rick Wayman – NAPF President & CEO2020-06-02T12:56:27-07:00

Rick Wayman – President & CEO

Rick Wayman is President & CEO of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He served as NAPF’s Director of Programs & Operations from 2007-17, and as Deputy Director from 2018-19, before taking over as CEO in 2020.

Rick led NAPF’s recent change in vision and mission to reflect the complex realities of our world in 2020.

He has represented NAPF at the United Nations on many occasions, including the negotiations that led to the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. As an active campaigner with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), he provided written and spoken testimony to government negotiators, strengthening the provisions of the treaty. ICAN received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for the campaign’s work on this vital treaty.

Rick met with Pope Francis during a Vatican conference on “Perspectives for a World Free From Nuclear Weapons and For Integral Disarmament.” He also led a coalition of over 100 global civil society organizations in support of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in their nuclear disarmament cases against the world’s nine nuclear-armed nations at the International Court of Justice and, separately, against the United States in U.S. Federal Court.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Marquette University and a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management and Political Advocacy from the School for International Training. He is an avid long-distance ocean swimmer during his free time in Santa Barbara, California, where he lives with his wife Ayda — a chef and food stylist — and their daughter Lulu.

Select Opinion Pieces

A Nuclear Arms Race Re-Started by Trump Should Terrify Us All,” Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2019

Nuclear Weapons Belong in Past,” Washington Times, November 8, 2018

Trump’s Mideast Legacy Will Be a Hard-Line, More Dangerous Regime in Iran,” Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2018

We Must Abolish Nuclear Weapons,” Dallas Morning News, February 14, 2018

No President Should Have the Sole Authority to Launch a Nuclear First Strike,” Los Angeles Times, November 24, 2017

Using Nuclear Weapons,” The New York Times, July 31, 2017

A European Nuclear Weapon Alliance?” The New York Times, March 15, 2017

Problems with Nuclear Race,” Christian Science Monitor, August 13, 2016

It Isn’t Enough for Obama to Talk About Nuclear Proliferation at Hiroshima,” Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2016

The Meaning of Hiroshima, 70 Years Later,” Washington Post, April 18, 2016

Pressure on the Nuclear 9,” The New York Times, July 14, 2014

The Bomb in U.S. History,” Los Angeles Times, June 11, 2013

Disarmament Will Prove Leadership,” Financial Times, January 15, 2013

Rational Actors,” Wall Street Journal, September 2, 2012

Britain’s Nuclear Force,” The New York Times, October 9, 2010

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons,” The New York Times, October 19, 2008

Try Mobilizing Rapid Diplomacy,” Los Angeles Times, September 24, 2008

Select Media Pieces

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Publishing Nine-Part Series to Help People Navigate Struggle, Uncertainty and Crisis,” Santa Barbara News-Press, April 28, 2020 (long-form interview)

I Have to Believe Another World Is Possible,” Santa Barbara News-Press, January 26, 2020 (long-form interview)

The Coming War on China” film by John Pilger (interviewed)

A Former Ground Zero Goes to Court Against the World’s Nuclear Arsenals,” The New York Times, December 27, 2014 (quoted)

Select University Lectures

Columbia University

Marquette University

Naropa University

University of Arizona

University of California Santa Barbara

University of Rhode Island

University of San Diego

University of Utah

Xavier University



Photo © Rafael Maldonado / NEWS-PRESS.

Rick Wayman with the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Rick Wayman with ICAN’s 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Photo by Ralf Schlesener.

Rick Wayman and Pope Francis

Rick Wayman with Pope Francis in November 2017.