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Jeff Carter Named Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility

December 9, 2016

Washington, DC - December 7, 2016 – Physicians for Social Responsibility has named Jeff Carter as its next Executive Director. Carter, an attorney and nonprofit executive with more than 16 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, will officially begin on January 3, 2016. He succeeds Dr. Catherine Thomasson, who is stepping down after five years to pursue new opportunities.

Carter has spent much of his professional life in education policy and advocacy, and brings a wealth of experience in advocacy, communications, and coalition-building to PSR.

"I'm very excited to be taking on this new role," said Carter. "As an education advocate, PSR's mission really resonates for me, since it recognizes the key role of education as an instrument of change. PSR's strategy for achieving its mission is to educate and activate the medical and broader health community—and the public—on the health threats posed by climate change, toxics, and nuclear weapons, and it shows how people can work together to reduce these threats. It's an honor and a privilege to join such a prestigious organization, and I look forward to working with the PSR board, staff and members to make PSR even more visible and effective."

Originally from Massachusetts, Carter earned his bachelor's degree at Providence College and a law degree at Suffolk University. He joins PSR after serving as the Executive Director of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC) and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE). He was the President of the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) from 2014–16 and continues to volunteer with them as an advisor on policy issues. He also serves as an officer with the Committee for Education Funding, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of educational associations, institutions, and other organizations advocating for greater federal investments in education.

"The PSR Board of Directors is thrilled to have Jeff Carter lead our organization in the coming years," said Lynn Ringenberg, MD, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. "Jeff is a dynamic and experienced nonprofit executive who has the knowledge, passion and skills to ensure PSR remains the health voice in this country on the critical issues of climate change and nuclear weapons."

"I am very excited to have Jeff lead PSR forward," added Dr. Thomasson. "His executive skills, experience with successfully managing networks and lobbying contacts will provide new direction and focus as we face the uncertainty and threat of a more hostile administration."

A full profile for Jeff Carter is available here.