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"I learned so much about arms control and disarmament at ACA! I learned more about arms control here in four months than I had in all three years at my college."

– Alicia Sanders-Zakre
Intern, Fall 2016
December 16, 2016
2020 Annual Meeting Speakers

Sen. Jeff Merkley
Sen. Jeff Merkley has represented Oregon in the Senate since 2009 and sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He consistently stands as one of the Senate’s top leaders on arms control and nuclear weapons issues. During his career in government, Merkley also spent time working in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and then the Congressional Budget Office, where he analyzed nuclear weapons policies and programs.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has represented New York in the Senate since 2009 and previously was a member of the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. From her seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gillibrand has been a vocal advocate for strengthening America’s armed services, national security, and military readiness, and has called for an independent investigation into Russian cyber crimes against U.S. government institutions.

UN Under-Secretary-General Izumi Nakamitsu
Izumi Nakamitsu has served as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs since 2017. Ms. Nakamitsu previously served as Assistant Administrator of the Crisis Response Unit at the United Nations Development Programme.

Amb. Bonnie Jenkins
Bonnie Jenkins is the founder and president of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 2009 to 2017, she was an ambassador in the U.S. Department of State, where she served as coordinator for threat reduction programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and represented the United States at four Nuclear Security Summits. Jenkins is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arms Control Association.

Cecili Thompson Williams
Cecili Thompson Williams is the Director of Beyond the Bomb, leading a team of campaigners and activists to mobilize against the threat of nuclear war and weapons. She has nearly two decades of experience leading mission-driven campaigns with organizations including Amnesty International USA, RESULTS Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for Women & Families.

Dr. Vincent Intondi
Dr. Vincent Intondi is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Community Engagement at Montgomery College and author of the book African Americans Against the Bomb. His research focuses on the intersection of race and nuclear weapons. Intondi is currently writing a book that examines the anti-nuclear movement during the 1980s, specifically the June 12, 1982 rally for nuclear disarmament in Central Park. He authored the essay "Reflections on Race, Injustice, and the Bomb," which appeared in the July/August issue of Arms Control Today.

Lilly Adams
Lilly Adams is an independent consultant specializing in nuclear weapons outreach and policy issues. She works with the Union of Concerned Scientists in their Global Security Program and was recently awarded a grant with the Ploughshares Fund Women’s Initiative for a project to build connections with nuclear frontline communities and amplify issues of nuclear justice.

Rose Gottemoeller
Rose Gottemoller was the Deputy Secretary General of NATO from October 2016 to October 2019 after serving nearly five years as the under secretary of state for arms control and international security. While concurrently serving as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, Gottemoeller was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).

Dr. Heather Williams
Dr. Heather Williams is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is visiting from King's College London, where she is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department and Centre for Science and Security Studies. Her research project focuses on asymmetric arms control, particularly how arms control can incorporate emerging technologies, such as cyber and AI.

Thomas Countryman
Thomas Countryman is the chair of the Arms Control Association board of directors, a position he has held since October 2017. He previously served as the acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, a post he held simultaneously as Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation.

Amb. Elayne Whyte Gomez
Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez served as Vice-Foreign Minister and was the Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office in Geneva from 2014-2020. She was the president of the 2017 United Nations Conference that negotiated the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). From 2015 to the present, she has been Coordinator on Transparency Measures of the Convention on Cluster Munitions and co-chair of the ad hoc Working Group on Treaty Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty. She is currently working at Strategic Planning Team with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in San Jose.

Dr. Zia Mian
Dr. Zia Mian is a physicist and co-director of Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, part of the School of Public and International Affairs, where he has worked since 1997. He also directs the Program’s Project on Peace and Security in South Asia and serves on the Board of Directors of the Arms Control Association. In 2019, he was named winner of the American Physical Society’s Leo Szilard Lectureship Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments by physicists in promoting the use of physics for the benefit of society in such areas as the environment, arms control and science policy.

Amb. Gustavo Zlauvinen
Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen is the President-designate of the 2020 Review Conference for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). He has previously served as Delegate of Argentina to a number of disarmament, nuclear energy, and arms control conferences and meetings, including the IAEA Board of Governors and General Conference; the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee; the NPT review process; the Conference on the Adoption of the Nuclear Safety Convention; and the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of the Outer Space.

Amb. Laura Kennedy
Laura Kennedy retired from the foreign service in 2013 after serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament for three years. She was a senior member of the United States delegations to the 2010 and 2015 NPT Review Conferences. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arms Control Association.

Kelsey Davenport
Kelsey Davenport is the director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association, where she focuses on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakistan and on international efforts to prevent proliferation and nuclear terrorism. She is also a former Herbert Scoville Peace Fellow.

Mary Kaszynski
Mary is the deputy director of policy at Ploughshares Fund, where she directs media relations for Ploughshares Fund experts and partners on a wide range of policy issues, including Iran, Russia and arms control, and the nuclear weapons budget.

Kingston Reif
Kingston Reif is the director for disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association, where his work focuses on nuclear disarmament, deterrence, and arms control, preventing nuclear terrorism, missile defense, and the defense budget. He is also a former Herbert Scoville Peace Fellow.

Shannon Bugos
Shannon Bugos is a research assistant for the director for disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association. She co-edits the "U.S.-Russian Nuclear Arms Control Watch" e-newsletter and reports for Arms Control Today.

Julia Masterson
Julia Masterson is a research assistant for the director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association. She co-edits the "P4+1 and Iran Nuclear Deal Alert" and reports for Arms Control Today.

Kathy Crandall Robinson
Kathy Crandall Robinson is the chief operations officer for the Arms Control Association. She previously worked at Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), where, as senior policy director, she developed and led WAND’s policy and advocacy strategy and managed the Washington, DC, office.

Daryl G. Kimball
Daryl G. Kimball has led the Arms Control Association as its Executive Director since 2001. From 1989-1997, he worked on issues relating to the health and environemntal effects of nuclear weapons and led campaigns to end nuclear testing at Physicians for Social Responsibility. From 1997 to 2001, he was the executive director of the Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers. He is a former Herbert Scoville Peace Fellow.


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