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"As a former covert CIA operations officer who worked to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, I remain passionate about preventing rogue states and terrorist organizations from ever procuring a nuclear capacity. Since leaving the CIA however, I realize that much of what I had been doing may only have served to delay the inevitable. My thinking on proliferation has evolved considerably and I now believe that the best way to ensure our national security for the long term is to advocate the goal of total, global elimination of nuclear weapons.”


~ Valerie Plame

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Photo Credit: Jay Hemphill


Valerie is a former "Movement Leader" for Global Zero.


Since its launch in Paris in December 2008, Global Zero has grown to include 300 eminent world leaders and more than 400,000 citizens worldwide; developed a step-by-step plan to eliminate nuclear weapons; built an international student movement with more than 100 campus chapters in ten countries; and produced the acclaimed documentary film, Countdown to Zero.

Ploughshares Fund

Valerie is a former board member for Ploughshares Fund.  

Ploughshares Fund is a global security foundation that believes nuclear weapons do very little to keep the world safe from the real threats we face today. The foundation works to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons, to stop their spread, and to build peace in regions of conflict where nuclear weapons exist. Ploughshares supports experts and advocates who implement smart strategies to secure a more peaceful world.

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Santa Fe Institute

The Daily Beast calls the Santa Fe Institute “America’s Smartest Lunch”...and what an amazing place it is! Founded in 1984 by physicists from Los Alamos National Laboratory who were frustrated by the limitations of “stove-piping” in the sciences, SFI is dedicated to the notion of asking the big questions that matter to science and society from a transdisciplinary perspective. From Nobel Prize winners like Murray Gell-Mann (discovered the subatomic particle called quarks) to award winning writers like Cormac McCarthy, to the brightest students from around the world, SFI hums with intellectual excitement.

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PostPartum Support International

Valerie is a former board member of PostPartum Support International.

Postpartum Support International promotes awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.  It is the vision of PSI that every woman and family worldwide will have access to information, social support, and informed professional care to deal with mental health issues related to childbearing. PSI promotes this vision through advocacy and collaboration, and by educating and training the professional community and the public.

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Starling Trust

Valerie is a board member of Starling Trust.


Starling’s mission is to uncover the world’s trust networks -- to make them visible, accessible, and useful to everyone, everywhere, and in every circumstance.  I am excited to be a part of the Starling team and support their development of 21st century people analytics tools. There is a growing awareness of the importance of culture in driving the success of any organization.  Less well understood is how culture flows from underlying trust dynamics between individuals and teams. 

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