IPPNW Central Office Staff

Michael Christ

Michael Christ
Executive Director

As a father, Michael Christ is worried about the future of his children. As IPPNW's Executive Director, he is convinced that physicians and health workers worldwide have a major role to play in ensuring that coming generations are protected from the effects of war and the threat of nuclear destruction. Michael joined the organization in 1988 with a background in environmental economics and political activism. He describes his visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1989, and to the downwind community of Karaul near the former Soviet nuclear test site in Kazakhstan in 1990, as "life changing." Michael led IPPNW's World Court Project to persuade the World Health Organization and the United Nations to challenge the legality of nuclear weapons at the International Court of Justice. As Director of Programs from 1996 to 1998, he was responsible for numerous projects and campaigns on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and helped to launch IPPNW's landmines campaign. Michael was appointed Executive Director in January 1998.

 

Chuck Johnson

Chuck Johnson
Director of Nuclear Programs

Chuck joined IPPNW in January 2018, after nearly four decades as an activist, writer, and fundraiser at the local, national and international levels. As IPPNW's nuclear programs director, he is responsible for coordinating the federation's work on the medical and humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. He is a representative of IPPNW on the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and lead NGO in support of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. A University of Oregon graduate, Chuck has been a leader in state and regional coalitions successfully opposing the development of nuclear energy, and worked for IPPNW’s US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), in Washington, DC, as a regional coordinator from 1987-1990, serving again, from 2012-2017 as director of Oregon and Washington PSR’s nuclear power task force. From 1990-1996, he was executive director of Nuclear Free America, a Baltimore-based anti-nuclear clearinghouse, and served as a United Nations representative in New York for the International Nuclear Free Zone Local Authorities, making numerous presentations throughout the US and internationally.

 

Maria ValentiMaria Valenti
Program Director, Aiming For Prevention

Maria has served since 2004 as the half-time director of IPPNW's Aiming for Prevention armed violence prevention program. She provides a wide range of support to IPPNW affiliates worldwide who are working on this issue including helping to develop, implement and monitor research, education and advocacy programs. She writes, publishes and presents on public health approaches to armed violence and on related policy issues. She assists affiliates in such areas as communications, conferences, campaign materials, research, publishing, fundraising, and other avenues to support their local to international efforts. She represents IPPNW at forums such as the United Nations, and in international coalitions and networks including the World Health Organization's Violence Prevention Alliance. She also continues to work in the field of environmental health, which intersects with the public health issue of violence. She previously served in leadership positions for 18 years with Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, a founding chapter of IPPNW's US affiliate, PSR.