After serving for 37 years as the founding president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, I will be transitioning to a new role, that of president emeritus, at the end of 2019. Rick Wayman, with whom I’ve worked closely for the past 12 years, will take over as the new CEO of the Foundation. Rick will be bringing to the position deep knowledge about nuclear issues and a strong commitment to abolishing nuclear weapons, along with great energy, leadership skills, and a connection to today’s younger generation. I feel confident that I will be leaving the Foundation in very good hands.
When we founded the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation nearly four decades ago, we did it with a hope and a dream. We knew the Foundation was needed, but we didn’t know if it could survive in an atmosphere of ignorance and apathy. Yet, here we are, still fighting for an ethical and peaceful future.
I consider the Foundation to be a rare and precious institution. There are very few, if any, institutions like it in the world. Its mission is: “To educate, advocate and inspire action for a just and peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons.” That is our purpose – to work for peace and to abolish the most dangerous weapons ever created by humankind. If we succeed, we are giving a great gift to humanity and all future generations. Until then, we are, at a minimum, a voice of reason in a dangerous world.
In addition to Rick, the staff of the Foundation is composed of Paul Chappell, our Peace Literacy Director; Sandy Jones, our communications director; Sarah Witmer, our development director; Sharon Rossol, our office manager; and Carol Warner, assistant to the president.
The Foundation is also supported by our dedicated Board of Directors, as well as members of our highly respected advisory council and academic associates. In addition, the Foundation is strengthened by our volunteers, including our UN representative, Alice Slater, and our director for Latin America, Ruben Arvizu. You can learn more about all the people who are instrumental in the Foundation’s work, as well as information on our programs, at our main website at www.wagingpeace.org.
We are pleased that we are 80,000 members strong at the Foundation. I hope you will continue to support the Foundation’s work by reading and sharing our monthly Sunflower e-newsletter; by participating in our Action Alert Network; and by donating generously to help the Foundation to become more effective in increasing its outreach and influence throughout the country and the world.