The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), a nonprofit headquartered in Santa Barbara and dedicated to achieving a just and peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons, announced today that David Krieger, its Co-Founder and President, will retire at the end of 2019. Rick Wayman, current Deputy Director, will become CEO, succeeding Krieger as leader of the Foundation.
NAPF opened its doors in 1982 and has, for thirty-seven years, been led by Dr. Krieger. He has lectured throughout the world on issues of peace, security, international law and nuclear abolition. He has served as an advisor to many peace organizations and received numerous awards for his writing and his work to create a more peaceful and nuclear weapons-free world. Krieger has been a leader in the global movement to abolish nuclear weapons. He and the Foundation have been nominated numerous times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Rick Wayman has been with NAPF since 2007, serving first as Director of Programs and Operations and more recently, as Deputy Director. Prior to his work at the Foundation, he was located in the U.K., serving as the Press and Communications Officer at the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
In April 2016, Wayman received the “Activist of the Year” award from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) for his “dynamic leadership in bringing the Marshall Islanders’ Nuclear Zero litigation to world attention, activating the next generation of peace leaders, and guiding ANA as board member and tech guru.”
Recently, Wayman played a key role at the United Nations in the negotiations to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). This is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons. He also testified in Sacramento at the request of Santa Barbara’s State Assembly member, Monique Limón, in support of Assembly Joint Resolution 33, urging U.S. federal leaders to embrace the TPNW.
Wayman has been widely published in top-tier media including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and most recently, Newsweek. He has also lectured at many colleges and universities across the country including Columbia University, University of Utah, University of San Diego, and Marquette University, to mention just a few.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is recognized by the UN as a Peace Messenger Organization. NAPF has initiated and supported worldwide efforts to enhance global and human security and is a voice for millions of people concerned about the fate of our planet. The Foundation is actively involved in the Santa Barbara community, holding numerous events and lectures to raise awareness, educate and advocate for a world free from the threat of nuclear war.
Krieger stated, “It has been a pleasure and an honor to guide the Foundation through its first thirty-seven years of existence. It is a much-needed organization in today’s world – one that educates and advocates for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons. I have worked closely with Rick for more than a decade and I’m very pleased that someone so knowledgeable and committed to this cause has been chosen to lead the Foundation going forward.”