The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is delighted to announce its new slate of officers for the organization’s Governing Board. Continuing officers include former California Governor Jerry Brown as executive chair of the organization; John Balkcom, chair; Lee Francis, vice-chair; and Austin Hirsch, treasurer. Marjorie Craig Benton moves from her current role as secretary to the new position of vice-chair; Steve Ramsey will become secretary of the Board.
Benton has served twice on the Bulletin’s Governing Board, from 2005-2010 and from 2016-present; she continues to serve on the Board’s Executive Committee. She has been a US Commissioner, International Year of the Child; US Ambassador to U.N.I.C.E.F.; the Public Delegate to the United Nations; a co-chair of Americans for SALT; and Special Advisor to the United Nations Disarmament Commission. She was also co-founder of the Peace Museum in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulletin honored Benton at its 2015 Annual Dinner, in recognition of her sustained commitment to the organization and determination in advancing its mission.
Ramsey has served on the Bulletin’s Governing Board since 2017 and is chair of the Governance Committee. Ramsey is the former Vice President of Corporate Environmental Programs at General Electric, where he managed GE’s environmental strategy. He was previously the head of environmental practice at Sidley Austin in DC and was the first Chief of Environmental Enforcement Section at the US Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Ramsey has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environment, the Chair of the Board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, and as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
The Bulletin’s Governing Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and for ensuring the organization operates in a legal, ethical and professional manner.