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Staff and Leaders

Jonathan GranoffJonathan Granoff President granoff@gsinstitute.org

Jonathan Granoff is an attorney, author and international advocate emphasizing the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law to address the threats posed by nuclear weapons. He is president of the Global Security Institute, Senior Advisor to the ABA’s Committee on Arms Control and National Security and Co Chair of the ABA Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nuclear Non-proliferation. He is Senior Advisor to the Nobel Peace Laureate Summit and has served as Vice President and UN Representative of the Lawyer’s Alliance for World Security. He serves on numerous governing and advisory boards including: the ABA International Law Section, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Fortune Forum, Jane Goodall Institute, the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security and Middle Powers Initiative.

Mr. Granoff is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has articles in more than 50 publications and books including: The Sovereignty Revolution, Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Imagining Tomorrow, Analyzing Moral Issues, Perspectives on 911, Toward a World In Balance, Reverence for Life Revisited, and Hold Hope, Wage Peace. He has been a featured guest and expert commentator on hundreds of radio and television pro-grams, testified in Congress and at the UN numerous times and has, since 2003, addressed the annual Nobel Peace Laureate Summit in Paris and Rome.

» Click here for a list of Mr. Granoff’s speeches, presentations and published articles » Read letters of congratulations to Mr. Granoff from world dignitaries, upon receipt of the Rutgers University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award 2009

Robert Grey, Jr.Ambassador Robert T. Grey, Jr. Director, Bipartisan Security Group rgrey@gsinstitute.org

Ambassador Robert T. Grey, Jr. is Director of the Bipartisan Security Group in Washington, DC.  He was the former US Representative to the Conference on Disarmament from 1998-2001.  Ambassador Grey was a Senior Fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations and Counselor for Political Affairs of the US Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1986-1995.  He was the Political Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander at NATO from 1983-1986.  He also served as Acting Deputy Director for the Arms Control Agency from 1981-1983.  Before holding these posts, Ambassador Grey was the Political-Military Affair’s Bureau Deputy Office Director in the Office of Military Sales and Assistance, Director of the State Departments Office of Advanced Technology, and Executive Assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.  He joined the Foreign Service in 1960 and briefly left the Service to serve as Administrative Assistant to Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA), founder of the Global Security Institute. He continues to serve as a consultant to the State Department and the CIA. He received a BA from Dartmouth College in 1957 and a JD from the University of Michigan in 1960.  

Thomas Graham, Jr.Ambassador (Ret.) Thomas Graham, Jr., Chairman, Bipartisan Security Group

Ambassador Graham served as a senior U.S. diplomat involved in the negotiation of every major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement for the past 30 years, including The Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) Treaties, The Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) Treaties, The Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, Intermediate Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Ambassador Graham served as special counsel in the Energy Practice of the law firm of Morgan Lewis, resident in the Washington, D.C. office, where he participated in the International Energy and Department of Energy practice areas. From 1994 until 1997, he served as the Special Representative of the President for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament, appointed by President Clinton. He served for 15 years as the General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA).

» Click here for a list of Ambassador Graham’s writings

Alyn WareAlyn Ware Global Coordinator, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament alyn@pnnd.org

Alyn Ware is the Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. He also serves as the Director of the Peace Foundation Wellington Office, Director of Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace and a Consultant at Large for the Lawyers’, Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau, on the Committee on Nuclear Policy (USA) and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

Alyn is a Member of the New Zealand Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control and has been on government delegations to the 2000 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference and the UNESCO Ministers of Education Conference in Geneva 2001 at which he was Head of Delegation. He has been awarded the 1996 UN International Year of Peace ( New Zealand) prize and the 2009 Right Livelihood Award in honour of his peace education and disarmament work. He is and is on the international boards of a number of other organizations including the Global Campaign for Peace Education, Abolition 2000 and the Middle Powers Initiative he was also the UN Coordinator for the World Court Project.

 

 

Board of Directors

Zack AllenZachary Allen, Secretary / Treasurer of the Board

Attorney, Arnold & Porter LLP (San Francisco)

Zack Allen is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Arnold & Porter, LLP where he is developing a general litigation practice.  Prior to attending law school at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Mr. Allen served as the Executive Director of the Global Security Institute.  Mr. Allen began his career at GSI, helping Senator Alan Cranston to found the organization in 1999, and thereafter, helping to guide it through its first six years of programmatic and institutional development. In addition to his JD, Mr. Allen holds an MA from Stanford University’s program in Latin American Studies.  He also earned his AB in International Relations at Stanford, where he graduated with University Distinction and was elected a member of  Phi Beta Kappa.

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley

President CB, Inc., Model/Humanitarian

Christie Brinkley as been an internationally-celebrated and respected model, author, spokesperson, businesswoman, activist, and philanthropist for over thirty years.  Linking children’s health and the importance of a clean, safe, environment has become her overriding campaign. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of GSI,  she is also a founding board member of STAR (Standing for Truth about Radiation) and was instrumental in closing two nuclear reactors at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She has spoken before the National Press Club, the Nuclear Regulatory Committee and the Senate Sub Committees on nuclear issues and, most recently, spoke at a panel hosted by the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament at the United Nations.  She is the proud mother of 3 children, Sailor Lee, Jack Paris, and Alexa Ray Joel.

Kim CranstonKim Cranston, Chair of the Board

Kim Cranston is C.E.O. and Chair of the Board of TransparentDemocracy, Chair of the Board of the Global Security Institute, a member of the Board of the Los Altos Community Foundation, and a member of the Human Rights Watch California Committee North. Born in San Francisco, Kim graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and from Hastings College of the Law. Kim has worked previously as director of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Transparent Commerce Initiative for One Cosmos Network, a new media company; as President of the Social Venture Network, a network of socially conscious business and social entrepreneurs and investors; as a consultant to the State of the World Forum; as Chief of Staff to California Lieutenant Governor Leo T. McCarthy; as Vice President of Business Affairs for Platypus Productions, Inc., a cable television production company; as a lawyer with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Terry J. Hatter; and in several political campaigns, including as Chair, Cranston for Senate, 1986. Kim edited the book The Sovereignty Revolution by Alan Cranston, with contributions from Mikhail Gorbachev, Jonathan Schell, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Jonathan Granoff (Stanford University Press 2004) and blogs for the Huffington Post.

Thomas Graham, Jr.

Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr.

Chairman, Cypress Fund for Peace and Security

Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is Chairman of the Board of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, a charitable foundation established to provide long-term, reliable support to selected arms control, nonproliferation and conflict resolution NGOs, support PhD programs and carry out other activities in these fields. Internationally known as one of the leading authorities in the field of international arms control and nonproliferation agreements designed to limit and to combat the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, Ambassador Graham has served as a senior U.S. diplomat involved in the negotiation of every major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement for the past 35 years. Ambassador Graham is a widely published author in both scholarly journals and major newspapers and has taught at many prestigious universities.

Jonathan GranoffJonathan Granoff

President, Global Security Institute

Jonathan Granoff is an attorney, author and international advocate emphasizing the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law to address the threats posed by nuclear weapons. He is president of the Global Security Institute, Senior Advisor to the ABA’s Committee on Arms Control and National Security and Co Chair of the ABA Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nuclear Non-proliferation. He is Senior Advisor to the Nobel Peace Laureate Summit and has served as Vice President and UN Representative of the Lawyer’s Alliance for World Security. He serves on numerous governing and advisory boards including: the ABA International Law Section, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Fortune Forum, Jane Goodall Institute, the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security and Middle Powers Initiative.

Mr. Granoff is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has articles in more than 50 publications and books including: The Sovereignty Revolution, Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Imagining Tomorrow, Analyzing Moral Issues, Perspectives on 911, Toward a World In Balance, Reverence for Life Revisited, and Hold Hope, Wage Peace. He has been a featured guest and expert commentator on hundreds of radio and television pro-grams, testified in Congress and at the UN numerous times and has, since 2003, addressed the annual Nobel Peace Laureate Summit in Paris and Rome.

» Click here for a list of Mr. Granoff’s speeches, presentations and published articles » Read letters of congratulations to Mr. Granoff from world dignitaries, upon receipt of the Rutgers University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award 2009

Bob Klein

Robert Klein

President, Klein Financial Corporation

Robert Klein is President of Klein Financial Corporation, a real estate investment banking consulting company, and Klein Financial Resources, a real estate development company. His work focuses on New Community Development, Affordable Housing Finance and Development and Urban Renewal Projects. Mr. Klein serves on the California Housing Finance Agency Board and the Global Security Institute Board. His accomplishments include writing the California Housing Finance Agency Act; establishing the West Coast Public Investment Banking Office for Paine Webber and developing California’s first tax credit National Historic Site Restoration Project.

Fred MatserFred Matser

Founder, The Fred Foundation

Fred Matser is a leading humanitarian and businessman and the founder and co-founder of a wide range of charitable foundations that span the fields of healthcare, environment, conservation, peace and global transformation. Previously the director of one of the most successful real estate and project development companies in the Netherlands, he now concentrates on philanthropic projects aimed at inspiring individuals and groups towards the creation of a more functional society.  He has been honored with several international awards for these projects.

Berniece PattersonBerniece Patterson

President, Pioneer Health Care Services

Berniece Patterson serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Health Care Services, Inc., a nursing home management company. She is also Chairman of the Board of MacKenzie Patterson, Inc., overseeing partnership administration and transfer operations for limited partnerships investing in secondary market limited partnership units.

Pat Patterson

C.E. Pat Patterson, President of the Board

President, MacKenzie Patterson, Inc.

Pat Patterson is President of MacKenzie Patterson, Inc., a financial services company specializing in real estate securities. Through his corporations, Mr. Patterson is involved with investment advisory, real estate property management, partnership administration, and management of skilled nursing homes. Mr. Patterson serves as President of the Board of the Global Security Institute.

Kim PoleseKim Polese

Chairman and Co-founder, Marimba, Inc.

Kim Polese is co-founder and chairman of Marimba, Inc., a leading provider of systems management solutions based in Mountain View, California. Ms. Polese served as president and chief executive officer of Marimba until July 2000. As chairman, she focuses on strategic direction, industry partnerships, and expansion of business opportunities for the company. Prior to co-founding Marimba, Ms. Polese spent more than seven years at Sun Microsystems and was the original product manager for Java. During her tenure at Sun, she played a key role in the strategic definition and launch of Java. Ms. Polese is a member of the executive board of TechNet, a bipartisan coalition of digital-economy executives focused on strengthening America’s leadership in the technology economy. She is advisory board member for W.I.T.I. (Women in Technology International), a leading organization dedicated to advancing women in technology, and is a CEO mentor for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Ms Polese also serves on the board of Do Something, a national organization that inspires, trains, funds and mobilizes young people to become leaders in their communities.

Christina SidotiChristina Sidoti

Owner/Operator, Paolina’s Way

Christina Sidoti is an active philanthropist and entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in the worlds of fashion, hospitality, entertainment, business and not for profit development.  She is also committed to multiple social and public policy issues.  Her latest venture is Paolina’s Way, a slow food concept restaurant serving traditional Italian fare, and located in Camden, Maine. As an active east coast member of the GSI Board of Directors, Ms. Sidoti has helped organize numerous GSI events at the United Nations and on Capitol Hill. Ms. Sidoti also serves on the advisory board of Aspen Youth Experience, a not-for-profit group dedicated to empowering at-risk teens from across the United States. Christina is a mother of two and splits her time between New York City and Maine.

Tyler Wigg StevensonTyler Wigg Stevenson

Founder and Director, Two Futures Project

Rev. Stevenson is Founder and Director of the Two Futures Project, a movement of Christians for nuclear threat reduction and the global abolition of nuclear weapons.  He also serves as chairman of the Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons for the World Evangelical Alliance and as policy director for Faithful Security, a multi-faith coalition working for nuclear security. Senator Cranston recruited Tyler as the first staff of the Global Security Institute. He is the author of Brand Jesus: Christianity in a Consumerist Age, a contributing editor at Sojourners magazine, politics columnist at Relevant magazine, and a regular writer and speaker on matters of faith and public life. His work has been profiled by a variety of secular and Christian media, including the Washington Post, Christianity Today, CQ, WORLD, ABC World News, and PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Tyler is an ordained Baptist minister with degrees from Swarthmore College and Yale Divinity School.

Lynne TwistLynne Twist (emeritus board member)

President, Soul of Money Institute

Lynne Twist is the president of the Soul of Money Institute. Global activist, fundraiser, speaker, author, teacher, mentor and counselor, Lynne has devoted her life to service in support of global sustainability and security, human rights, economic integrity and spiritual authenticity. Lynne has raised millions of dollars, and trained other fundraisers to be more effective in their work, for organizations that serve the best instincts of all of us – to end world hunger, empower women, nurture children and youth, and preserve the natural heritage of our planet.

Dolf ZantingeDolf Zantinge

Dolf Zantinge is an international  businessman and humanitarian. He is the founder of many organizations in the field of Information/Communication Technologies and has served as CEO or as Chairman of the Board for many companies in the field. He published many books in the field of technical innovation and the influence of technology on the society. He is the founder of a charitable foundation and concentrates on education and innovation to support  a more social society. He is also an adviser to many organizations and governments on issues relateing to innovation and creating a new social balance.  He lives with his wife and son in the Netherlands.  

Board of Advisers

Hafsat AbiolaHafsat Abiola Founder, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND)

Hafsat Abiola is a human rights and democracy activist from Nigeria. She comes from a family of dedicated Pan-Africanists and courageous fighters for freedom and justice. Her father, M.K.O. Abiola, won the Presidential election held in Nigeria in 1993 but served out his term in solitary confinement, incarcerated by the military. He died in prison, on the eve of his release. Her mother, Kudirat, was a democracy leader who organized major strikes, marches and fought assiduously against the military. In 1996, she was assassinated in the streets of Lagos. To continue the legacy left by her parents, Hafsat founded and directs the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND). With the end of military rule, KIND offers organizational support and training opportunities to women and youths to strengthen Nigeria’s civil society so as to secure lasting democracy for its peoples.

Oscar AriasOscar Arias Nobel Peace Laureate President, Costa Rica

Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez, President of Costa Rica, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to establish a peace treaty with Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, four neighbors torn by civil war. The product of a country that abolished its army in 1948, Dr. Arias has persistently worked for peace in the region, convinced that negotiation, not war, is the best means for achieving it.

Tadatoshi AkibaTadatoshi Akiba Former Mayor of Hiroshima City, Japan

Dr. Tadoshi Akiba assumed the office as Mayor of the City of Hiroshima in February 1999, and is a widely recognized advocate for peace and the global elimination of nuclear weapons. From 1990-1999, he served as a member of Japan’s House of Representatives, and has also served as President of the World Conference of Mayor’s for Peace through Inter-city Solidarity.

Kim CampbellKim Campbell Former Prime Minister, Canada

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, the Secretary General of the Club of Madrid served as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister in 1993.  She previously held cabinet portfolios as Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defence portfolios, and the first woman to be Defence Minister of a NATO country. Ms. Campbell participated in major international meetings including the Commonwealth, NATO, the G-7 Summit and the United Nations General Assembly. Ms. Campbell is a Senior Fellow of The Gorbachev Foundation of North America, a member of the International Council of the Asia Society of New York, and serves on advisory boards of numerous other international organizations such as the Global Security Institute (GSI), the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), and the Forum of Federations.

Ingvar CarlssonIngvar Carlsson Co-Chair, Commission on Global Governance Former Prime Minister, Sweden

Ingvar Carlsson served as Sweden’s Prime Minister from 1986-91. He studied at Lund University and Northwestern University, and in 1964 was elected to the Riksdag (parliament). He is Chair of the Foundation for Strategic Research, Chair of Olof Palme International Center, and co-chair of the Commission on Global Governance, which was established in 1992 with the goal of strengthening global cooperation.

Jonathan Dean

Jonathan Dean International Security Advisor, Union of Concerned Scientists Former US Ambassador for Arms Control

Ambassador Jonathan Dean, now Adviser on International Security Issues for the Union of Concerned Scientists, is a long-time foreign service officer with assignments in peacekeeping (Congo), arms control, and East-West negotiations on Germany. He has written several books on European security, including Ending Europe’s Wars (1994), and chairs the Working Group on Deep Cuts in Washington, D.C.. He is president of the D.C. regional chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA.

Jayantha DhanapalaJayantha Dhanapala Former UN Under-Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs

Ambassador Dhanapala was UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs in 1998-2003 and the President of the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference. Ambassador Dhanapala joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1965 and has served in London, Beijing, Washington, DC, and New Delhi. In 1984 he was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and in 1987 left the Foreign Service to head the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). In 1992 he returned to the Foreign Service as Additional Foreign Secretary before taking up the position of Ambassador to the United States. He has also served as Commissioner in UNSCOM, the Head of the Special Group visiting the Presidential Sites in Iraq, and a member of the 1996 Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Ambassador Dhanapala has published four books and several articles and is the recipient of four honorary doctorates and several international awards.

Jane GoodallJane Goodall Founder, The Jane Goodall Institute UN Messenger of Peace

In the summer of 1960, Dr. Jane Goodall ventured into Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, East Africa. Although it was unheard of for a woman to travel into the African forest, this was the fulfillment of her childhood dream. Today, Goodall and her staff continue to contribute to significant findings on chimpanzee behavior and social relations. Over the years her studies have shown the many striking similarities between humans and chimpanzees. Goodall earned her Ph.D. in Ethology from Cambridge University in 1965. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research Education and Conservation. Her honors include the Kyoto Prize in Bai Science and the Animal Welfare Institute’s Albert Schweitzer Award.

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev Nobel Peace Laureate Former President, Soviet Union

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is currently President of the Moscow-based International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (Gorbachev Foundation). He is also President of Green Cross International. Mr. Gorbachev served as President of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.  

David HamburgDavid Hamburg President Emeritus, Carnegie Corporation of New York

David Hamburg is President Emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has made significant contributions in science policy, in international security and arms control, and in research on biological and behavioral roots of human aggression and psychiatric problems. He serves on the boards of a number of distinguished academic, government, medical, and financial institutions.  

James MartinJames Martin British Information Technology consultant and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author

James Martin is an expert in the field of systems design, software development methodology, information engineering and computer-aided software engineering. He was one of the first to promote fourth-generation programming languages, and is the main developer of the Rapid Application Development methodology. In 2005, Martin donated $100 million to help establish The James Martin 21st Century School at the University of Oxford. This school aims to “formulate new concepts, policies and technologies that will make the future a better place to be”. In 2009 Martin pledged up to an additional $50 million if it could be matched by other donors. This condition was met in April 2010. Martin has written over a hundred books, many of which were best sellers in the information technology industry. His book, The Wired Society: A Challenge for Tomorrow (1977) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Rigobertu Menchu TumRigoberta Menchú Tum Founder, Fundación Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Rigoberta Menchú was awarded the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples. Today, Rigoberta Menchú stands out as a vivid symbol of peace and reconciliation across ethnic, cultural and social dividing lines, in her own country, on the American continent, and in the world.  

Frank von HippelFrank Von Hippel Professor, Political and International Affairs, Princeton Co-Chair, International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM)

Frank von Hippel has a PhD in nuclear physics (1962). He is co-Director of Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security. In the 1980s, as chairman of the Federation of American Scientists, he partnered with Evgenyi Velikhov in advising Mikhail Gorbachev on the technical basis for steps to end the nuclear arms race. In 1994-5, he served as Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. von Hippel and his colleagues have worked on fissile material policy issues for the past 30 years, including contributions to: ending the U.S. program to foster the commercialization of plutonium breeder reactors, convincing President Gorbachev to embrace the idea of a Fissile Material Production Cutoff Treaty, launching the U.S.-Russian cooperative nuclear materials protection, control and accounting program, and broadening efforts to eliminate the use of high-enriched uranium in civilian reactors worldwide.