Dr. Bruce Blair
Dr. Bruce G. Blair is co-founder of the Global Zero movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a research scholar in the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University. His principal research interests are in technical and policy steps on the path toward the verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons – global zero.
From 2011 to 2017, Bruce served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board. For many years, he was a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and served as a project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He previously served in the U.S. Air Force as a Minuteman ICBM launch control officer and as a support officer for the Airborne Command Post of the Strategic Air Command.
Bruce holds a Ph.D. in operations research from Yale University and has authored numerous books and articles on security issues. His books include Strategic Command and Control, winner of the Edgar S. Furniss Award for its contribution to the study of national security; Crisis Stability and Nuclear War; The Logic of Accidental Nuclear War; and Global Zero Alert for Nuclear Forces. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship Prize for his research on nuclear operations and ways to reduce the risk of inadvertent nuclear war. You can read more about his many publications here.
Bruce also produced many documentary films with security-related themes for CNN, PBS, and theatrical release such as Countdown to Zero. He also created and produced the PBS TV series Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria.
As a creative strategist working on the front lines of catalytic advocacy, foreign policy and social change, Derek has spent the last 8 years positioning Global Zero as a highly credible source of policy analysis and thought leadership, a trusted intermediary among nuclear-armed states, and a provocative advocacy operation in key regions. He has a knack for identifying strategic opportunities and the right tactics that can push the message into the mainstream in order to shine a spotlight or apply pressure. In addition to developing organizational strategy, overseeing day-to-day operations, and leading fundraising efforts, Derek also spearheads special projects — from coordinating sensitive track-1.5 initiatives to producing viral and award-winning creative content.
Derek is a graduate of Cornell College and Boston College Law School. Before taking the helm at Global Zero, Derek worked to advance interfaith dialogue and cooperation on social issues at the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions and helped organize its flagship convening in Melbourne, Australia. He also worked to enhance access to justice, human rights and rule of law at JUSTICE, the British section of the International Commission of Jurists in London, and worked as an attorney for several years in Boston.
Derek is also a member of the Munich Young Leaders group of rising experts in foreign and security policy, jointly organized by Körber Foundation and the Munich Security Conference; the European Young Leaders group organized by Friends of Europe, and a Nuclear Innovation Fellow at NSquare Collaborative.
You can follow Derek on Twitter at @derekjGZ.
Director of Nuclear Crisis Group
Jon Wolfsthal is director of the Nuclear Crisis Group, an independent nonpartisan group of globally-recognized former military officials, diplomats, and security experts dedicated to preventing crises from escalating to the use of nuclear weapons. From 2014 to 2017, he served as special assistant to former U.S. President Barack Obama and as senior director for arms control and nonproliferation at the National Security Council. In that post, he was the most senior White House official, setting and implementing U.S. government policy on all aspects of arms control, nonproliferation, and nuclear policy. Prior to that, he served as the deputy director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.
From 2009 to 2012, Wolfsthal served as the special adviser to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden for nuclear security and nonproliferation and as director for nonproliferation on the National Security Council. He supported the Obama administration’s negotiation and ratification of the New START arms reduction agreement with the Russian Federation and helped support the development of nuclear policy, including the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review.
After joining Global Zero as a program intern in 2013, Jessica currently serves as Program Director. In this capacity, she provides research and analysis on issues relating to nuclear nonproliferation, risk reduction and disarmament; coordinates track-1.5 and track-2 diplomatic efforts, including commission-level meetings and government consultations; and liaises with Global Zero leaders and experts in connection with policy initiatives. Prior to joining Global Zero, Jessica worked as a research intern with Ploughshares Fund and as a research associate for the Japan Policy Research Institute and the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability. She has a master’s degree in Asia-Pacific studies from the University of San Francisco.
Manzo joined the Global Zero team in May 2013. As the Operations Director, he oversees daily operational and administrative duties including finance, HR and benefits administration, and compliance with federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as legal and tax obligations. He obtained his master's degree in Administration of Justice & Security at the University of Phoenix. Manzo works behind the scenes to identify big-picture HR and organizational needs to keep Global Zero running effortlessly and efficiently. Prior to joining Global Zero, he served as a deputy clerk at the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Digital Engagement Manager
Colleen joined the Global Zero team in September 2018 as a Digital Organizer, now serving as Digital Engagement Manager, writing and creating content to promote the message of eliminating nuclear weapons. She got her start in activism as an anti-war organizer in college, working for a just U.S. foreign policy and pushing for peace and justice in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia. Colleen has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from American University.
You can follow Colleen on Twitter at @cmoo11_.
Emma Claire Foley
Emma Claire joined the Global Zero team in 2018 as a Research and Policy Intern. Now serving as the Program Associate, she works with the Program Director on research relating to nuclear nonproliferation, risk reduction, and disarmament advocacy efforts, and monitoring domestic and international policy developments. Emma Claire received her Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and her Bachelor’s degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and History from the University of Michigan.
Enrico joined the Global Zero team in April 2018 as the Operations Assistant. In this role, he assists the Operations Director with day-to-day operations and administrative work in Global Zero’s DC location. Enrico obtained his Master’s Degree in International Affairs from The Catholic University of America. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at the College of Charleston, double majoring in Political Science and Studio Art.
Benedetta Palese joined Global Zero as a program intern in June 2019. In her position, she closely monitors nuclear weapons-related events, provides program and research support and helps to create engaging content breaking down nuclear weapons issues. Benedetta has studied at Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy and Boston University, and is currently completing an undergraduate program at Hofstra University, majoring in Economics and Political Science. She hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in American Government in the future.