Director: Asha Asokan
Asha Asokan takes over from Timmon Wallis as Director of NuclearBan.US as of April 1st, 2021. Asha holds a Bachelor’s in Law (LLB) from Mahatma Gandhi University, India, and a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law (LLM) from CUSAT, India. She worked for Nonviolent Peaceforce, implementing civilian protection and peacebuilding projects in South Sudan, and went on to work for the United Nations in South Sudan and then in New York.
In 2018, Asha received a Rotary Peace Fellowship to do a second Master’s Degree in International Development Policy at Duke University in North Carolina. She became active in the nuclear weapons issue through the Rotary Action Group for Peace, and from there joined the Board of Directors of Rotary E-Club for World Peace. Asha also co-chairs a Working Group on Conflict Prevention, Peacekeeping, and Peacemaking with Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS).
Trudy Knowles, NuclearBan.US, Board President
Maureen Flannery, NuclearBan.US, Treasurer
Maxine Schmidt, NuclearBan.US, Clerk
Nick Cantrell, NuclearBan.US board member
Timmon Milne Wallis, Co-Founder
Timmon Milne Wallis is the former Executive Director of NuclearBan.US. He holds a PhD in Peace Studies from Bradford University. He has served as executive director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, and he has directed peace-building projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Georgia, Myanmar, Chechnya, Croatia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and South Sudan.
He has also served as editor of Peace News, as director of the National Peace Council (UK), as international secretary of Peace Brigades International, as training manager for International Alert, and as programme manager for Quakers in Britain. He was the founder and director of Peaceworkers UK.
His new book, Disarming the Nuclear Argument: The Truth About Nuclear Weapons, analyzes the cost, accident risk, and legality of nuclear weapons, and the absurdity of the whole concept of perpetuating nuclear weapons as “deterrence.” The book played a role in the successful July 2017 United Nations negotiations for a Nuclear Ban Treaty, and it is a handbook for those seeking a safer, saner world.
Vicki Elson, Co-Founder and Creative Director
Vicki Elson is the co-founder of NuclearBan.US and serves as the Creative Director. She is also the Executive Director of TreatyAwareness.US. For 35 years, Vicki has worked as a childbirth educator, filmmaker, and labor support “doula.” She is also a chapter leader of Represent.US, fighting Big Money in politics – the most egregious example of which is the existence of nuclear weapons, making profits for a few while threatening existence for everyone. In July 2017, she had a life-changing opportunity to witness the U.N. negotiations for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and she watched the roomful of ambassadors break all their own rules (no clapping, no hugging) when the Treaty was agreed. Now she’s spreading the message of total abolition to communities across the USA. She thinks that’s an even more important way to help babies and families to live happy, healthy lives. She also writes little songs to inspire citizen action.
Avery Daniell is a Campaigner at Nuclear Ban US. Her work centers around building political support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in the US through encouraging state representatives and congress members to sign the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge. She also supports NuclearBan.US in building support for the Massachusetts state bills on nuclear weapon issues. In addition, she plays a significant role in building and growing the coalition through outreach.
Before joining NuclearBan.US, Avery was an exchange student in Ecuador, where she worked with Club Rotario de Riobamba to raise money to increase potable water access for indigenous communities. She is currently pursuing a major in economics at Barnard College of Columbia University.
James Kolb is a Digital Campaigner at NuclearBan.US. After studying the realities and ramifications of the nuclear age as a history student, James became a passionate opponent of nuclear weapons and the nuclear industry. He has used his Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills to develop several maps for NuclearBan.US, including one that has helped activists identify and communicate with their government representatives. Previously, James has worked on several GIS-based projects in various fields ranging from ecology and environmental science to public history and the humanities. He is currently the lead GIS Specialist for Hartford Bound, a University of Connecticut-based project that offers new visual narratives for understanding Hartford County’s changing human landscape. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Connecticut, minoring in Geography and GIS.
Our Advisory Board includes the former National Coordinator of the Nuclear Freeze Campaign, Randy Kehler, Lois Barber, a founder of several organizations, including Earth Action, 2020 Vision, Alliance for Renewable Energy and the World Future Council, and international lawyer and activist, Alice Slater, who serves on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War and is the UN NGO Representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.