Board Members

President and CEO Joseph Gerson with Board members Alicia Sanders-Zakre and Jerald Ross in Hiroshima, Japan, August 2018.

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson is a International Peace & Social Justice Activist. He is deeply engaged in intersectional organizing across issue areas. Jim is the President of Peace Action New York State and is State Vice President of Citizen Action of New York. He is a founding member and organizer of the National Black United Front which led the formation of the Third World and Progressive People’s Coalition which helped organize the June 12th 1982 Disarmament Rally in New York City at the U.N.. Jim served as a organizer & leader for the Peace Contingents of both the 2014 NYC and 2017 D.C. Climate Marches.

Gretchen M. Alther

Gretchen Alther is a Senior Leadership Development Specialist at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where she designs and delivers adult leadership education programs in Hawai’i and across the Asia-Pacific region. With over 15 years’ experience as a humanitarian and international educator, Ms. Alther infuses all of her work with a commitment to equity, justice, and grassroots communities. She directs the Center’s flagship residential course, and also develops initiatives to support female-community leaders in the Pacific Islands, and to build leadership that is peace- and climate-aware. As an occasional consultant for EarthWatch, Ms. Alther facilitates sustainability leadership programs around the world. Recently, she has worked UNFPA in the Arab States Region to help them operationalize their resilience strategy. She was a 2018 Rotary Peace Fellow and earned a professional certificate in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Ms. Alther earned an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School at Brandeis University, a postgraduate certificate from the East-West Center, and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Texas A&M University.

Joseph Gainza

Joseph Gainza was the Vermont Program Coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee from 1995 to 2009. He served for several years on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice, the largest peace and justice coalition in the US. Joseph worked nationally and locally for just immigration policies, an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, racial, economic and labor justice. He organized the Vermont Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons which succeeded in having 66 towns pass an abolition article and the Vermont Legislature pass a resolution calling for an abolition treaty. He founded the Central Vermont Farm Worker Coalition which today annually hosts the Mexican Mobile Consulate to provide services for Mexican farm workers in Vermont. He is a member of the advisory committee of Citizens Against Nuclear Bombers in Vermont which works to stop the deployment of nuclear-capable F35 fighter-bombers in the state. Joseph produces and hosts a weekly radio program, Gathering Peace, which features interviews with people working for justice and peace, broadly defined.

Gary R. Goldstein

Gary R. Goldstein is a theoretical physicist, specializing in high energy particle physics and nuclear physics. As a researcher, teacher and a long time member of Tufts Physics and Astronomy Department, he taught all levels of Physics course along with courses for non-scientists including Physics for Humanists, The Nuclear Age: History and Physics (with Prof. M. Sherwin – History), Physics of Music and Color. He is a political activist on nuclear issues, social equity, anti- war, and environmentalism. He spent several years working in the MIT Program for Science, Technology and International Security and at University of Oxford Department of Theoretical Physics. He was also a Science Education researcher affiliated with the Tufts Education department and TERC, Cambridge, working with K-12 students and teachers in public schools. He is a member of the board of the Massachusetts Peace Action Fund for Education. Over many years he has been giving talks for a general audience about the dangers of nuclear weapons and war.

Paul Joseph

Paul Joseph was recently the Distinguished Chair for the United States-India Education Foundation (Fulbright program) and based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He is a political sociologist with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (1975). His research specialty is the politics surrounding foreign and defense policy, and especially the impact of public opinion and peace movements on policy outcomes. His books include a decision-making study on the Vietnam War, the debate over nuclear policy, and the security implications of the end of the Cold War. In Are Americans Becoming More Peaceful? he explores the influence of new public sensitivities toward the costs of war on the Bush administration’s management of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has investigated “human terrain teams,” the social scientists who were embedded in combat brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as General Editor of the Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives (Sage Publishers). He has also published articles, review essays, and encyclopedia entries on race and class in the United States, on Maori-Pakeha (European) relations in New Zealand, the memory politics surrounding Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the influence of peace movements on government policies. He was for many years the director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Tufts University, and served two terms as president of the national Peace Studies Association. He has lectured in more than a dozen countries, served as guest curator for a Tufts Art Gallery exhibition based on the materials provided by peace museums in Japan, and experimented with video conferencing technology to develop co-curriculum with the Naval Academy and West Point. His teaching interests include war and peace, globalization, and political sociology, and he was recognized by Tufts University with both the Lillian Liebner Award for Teaching and Guidance and the Seymour Smiches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising.

Rebecca Kastleman

Rebecca Kastleman is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of the Holy Cross, where she teaches courses on theater and modernist literature. Her work on disarmament has included service with Massachusetts Peace Action and Harvard Peace Action. More information about Rebecca is available on her website:



Andrew Lichterman

Andrew Lichterman is a policy analyst and lawyer with the Oakland, California based Western States Legal Foundation. As a lawyer, he has represented peace and environmental activists in a variety of settings from defending non-violent protesters in the courts to environmental litigation challenging nuclear weapons research and deployment decisions. He also taught at alternative law schools for many years. In recent years his work has focused on the purposes and impacts of U.S. nuclear and other strategic weapons programs, including their effect on global disarmament efforts, and on the relationship between nuclear technologies, militarism, and the global economy. Mr. Lichterman is a member of the board of the Boston area-based Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security and the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms and of the Coordinating Committee of United for Peace and Justice. He received his B.A. in history from Yale and his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ray Matsumiya

Ray Matsumiya, a Boston, Massachusetts native, specializes in unofficial diplomacy and cross-cultural exchange programs with a focus on the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. During his tenure as the Executive Director at the University of the Middle East Project, Ray has supervised 46 institutes related to conflict resolution and peace education over the past twenty years. These institutes have included over 2500 educators, civil society leaders and others who have gone on to impact hundreds of thousands of young people. Ray has been a invited speaker at TEDx, the Massachusetts State House, the Dayton International Peace Museum, the US embassy of Tunis and numerous universities such as the Sloan School of Management at MIT and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Ray received his Master’s degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and his BA from Wesleyan University. He is a certified mediator under M.G.L. ch.233 § 23C. Ray is fluent in English and proficient in Japanese and Levant Arabic.

Terry Kay Rockefeller

Terry Kay Rockefeller is a documentary film producer who had the great honor of working on Eyes on the Prize, a history of the civil rights and black power movements, and the NOVA science series, among other productions for public television. Terry’s sister, Laura Rockefeller, was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Since 2002, Terry has worked with September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows to honor her sister’s life and try to insure that other families throughout the world do not experience the violent deaths of their innocent relatives. Following the US-led invasion of Iraq, Peaceful Tomorrows began seeking ways to remain supportive of the Iraqi people, and today Terry works with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, a collaboration between Iraqi and international NGOs to support human rights, democracy, and anti-corruption activists in Iraq. Peaceful Tomorrows is one of the NGOs observing the military tribunals that have been convened at Guantanamo to try those accused of the 9/11 attacks; Peaceful Tomorrows members are deeply concerned that more than 18 years after 9/11, trials have not begun. Terry currently serves on the board of directors of Amnesty International–USA, and as the National Co-convener of United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of U.S. peace, nonviolence and social justice organizations. Terry speaks regularly about the need for non-violent responses to terrorism and pro-active efforts to address the root causes of hatred and violence.

Jerald P. Ross

Jerry Ross serves as Treasurer of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, is an active member of the Massachusetts Peace Action Nuclear Disarmament Working Group and is the Peace and Disarmament Lead for the First Parish Bedford Unitarian Universalist Peace and Justice Committee. He has also worked on nuclear disarmament issues with the Unitarian Universalist Office of the United Nations and serves as his congregation’s UN Envoy. You can find various articles by him on the UUA International Blog. Jerry holds a Masters degree in Human Service Administration and graduate training in Public Health. Retired from a career as Executive Director of a community mental health center and private practice in organizational consulting, Jerry now devotes considerable energy to the goal of nuclear disarmament. He began his personal peace advocacy efforts as a conscientious objector during the Viet Nam War.

Alicia Sanders-Zakre
Alicia Sanders-Zakre is a Research Assistant at the Arms Control Association. Prior to joining the Arms Control Association, Alicia was the research assistant for the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at The Brookings Institution. She has interned for several international peace and security organizations, including the Arms Control Association, the International Peace Bureau and the American Friends Service Committee, and was a finalist for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. Alicia was selected to participate in the Nuclear Scholars Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has written for the and The National Interest, and was featured in Women in Foreign Policy. Alicia holds a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in International Security from Tufts University, where she graduated magna cum laude in three years.

Paul Shannon

Paul Shannon was born in Boston in 1947 and has lived all his life in the greater Boston area. For the past 47 years he has been an activist, writer and speaker in various peace, union, prison reform, human rights, and social justice movements particularly the United Farm workers union drives, the Vietnam anti-war and solidarity movements, the movement to end apartheid in South Africa, the 1980’s Central America and Cambodia solidarity movements, the Haiti solidarity movement and the Afghanistan and Iraq anti-war movements. He is a recently retired staff person for the American Friends Service Committee in Cambridge where he worked for over 4 decades. He continues his 42 year career as an adjunct college instructor and is coordinator of the Raytheon anti-war campaign focused on ending the U.S.-Saudi alliance.

Mark Solomon

Mark Solomon is a retired Professor of History at Simmons University. He is past national co-chair of the United States Peace Council and past member of the Presidential Committee of the World Peace Council. He is also past national co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. He currently serves a s a member of the Peace and Economic Security Committee of the American Friends Service Committee as well as a board member of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security.

Elaine Scarry

Elaine Scarry teaches at Harvard University where she is the Cabot Professor of Aesthetics. Her recent book – Thermonuclear Monarchy – shows that nuclear weapons and democratic governance are mutually exclusive. We have ready at hand the constitutional tools for dismantling the country’s nuclear architecture, and have an urgent obligation to carry out this work. Elaine was elected to the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her awards include honorary degrees from Northwestern University in the United States and Uppsala University in Sweden, as well as the Truman Capote Award for literary criticism, and most recently, the Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a “progressive and original” writer. In 2005, Prospect Magazine and Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 leading intellectuals. She authored The Body in Pain as well as On Beauty and Being Just.

Neta Crawford

Neta C. Crawford is Director of the Costs of War Project and Professor and Chair of Political Science, Boston University. Neta C. Crawford is the author of Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America’s Post-9/11 Wars(Oxford University Press, 2013). Crawford is also the author of two books, Soviet Military Aircraft (1987) and Argument and Change in World Politics (2002), named Best Book in International History and Politics by the American Political Science Association. She has written more than two dozen peer reviewed articles on issues of war and peace. Crawford has served on the governing Board of the Academic Council of the United Nations System, and on the Governing Council of the American Political Science Association. Areas of Interest: International relations theory, normative theory, foreign policy decision making, sanctions, peace movements, discourse ethics, post-conflict peacebuilding, research design, utopian science fiction, and emotion.