Jeff Carter, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility: Advocating for Nuclear Disarmament, Climate Responsibility and Racial Justice

February 5, 2021

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Physicians for Social Responsibility, known as PSR, is a physician-led and membership organization of health professionals in the United States working to protect the public from the global threats posed by nuclear weapons proliferation, climate change and environmental destruction. It produces and disseminates publications, provides specialized training, offers written and oral testimony to Congress, conducts media interviews, and delivers professional and public education.

PSR’s members and activists, state, local and student chapters, and national staff form a nationwide network that targets threats to global survival—specifically nuclear warfare, nuclear proliferation, global warming and toxic degradation of the environment.

 Jeff Carter is PSR’s executive director, a cofounder and U.S. affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and shared in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. PSR is also a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

An attorney by training, much of Jeff’s career has been split between nonprofit governance/management functions and public-policy roles, primarily with membership organizations and associations. Until he joined PSR in 2017, his work was in education policy, mostly in adult education. From 2014–2016, he served as president of the National Coalition for Literacy, and in 2018 as president of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), the largest nonpartisan coalition of national education advocacy groups in the U.S. that works to ensure strong federal funding for education. Members include associations, institutions, agencies and other organizations that represent students, teachers, schools, school boards, state education officers, education researchers, institutions of higher education and others.

In recent months, Jeff has been working with leaders in the peace and security field and environmental movement to mentor emerging leaders and address racial justice and gender equity. He is the cochair of Organizations in Solidarity’s working group on local hiring, and a 2020 fellow in NSquare’s Innovators Network, a community of cross-sector leaders working together to bring diversity, new ideas and perspectives to the nuclear arms control field.


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