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.
Trudy Knowles, NuclearBan.US, Board President
Maureen Flannery, NuclearBan.US, Treasurer
Maxine Schmidt, NuclearBan.US, Clerk
Nick Cantrell, NuclearBan.US board member
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.
David Grant, Director
David Grant began his diverse career after acquiring the Master of Fine Arts at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. For several years he produced and directed television programs for the PBS affiliate in Tallahassee, Florida. Thereafter he developed a self-sufficient homestead in a land cooperative; volunteered with Peace Corps as an agro-forester among aboriginal swiddenists in the Philippines; coordinated a downtown soup kitchen in Seattle; and published essays, some anthologized as ‘best of.
His first recognition of the horrors of nuclear war came when a Japanese hibakusha monk addressed his freshman college class. He became a prominent resister to the Vietnam War and he was a representative at the annual commemoration at Hiroshima.
For several years he was a community organizer and the director of Rural Southern Voice for Peace in the American southeast. In the mid-1990’s he and his family moved to the Netherlands to head the International Fellowship of Reconciliation’s nonviolence program. Thereafter he became one of the charter directors of Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), providing unarmed protection for civilians in war zones. As NP’s Liaison to the United Nations he acquired official recognition for the organization. His role also included successful investigations into the viability of unarmed civilian protection in Mindanao, Philippines, and South Sudan.
After returning to the U.S. he continued as a senior advisor with Nonviolent Peaceforce, including training staff in South Sudan. He also wrote, edited, produced and directed literary and media projects. Some were for his own Common Lot Productions on the subject of expanding democracy’s representational reach. To that end he helped organize the international conference “Democracy in the 21st Century” at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt.