National Coordinating Committee - National Radioactive Waste Coalition

National Coordinating Committee

The NCC is the delegated supervisory and governing committee for the Coalition. Its members come from member organizations. It is responsible for implementing the Coalition’s Strategic Plan, and handling administrative matters for the Coalition.

David Kraft

Dave Kraft is director and co-founder of the 43-year old Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS)  in Chicago Illinois.  He was born and spent most of his life in the Chicago area, except for a 4-year stint in Hamburg, Germany.  He studied astronomy and psychology at University, after which he worked in community mental health facilities for nine years.  He came to the nuclear power issue totally by accident – Three Mile Island.

NEIS is currently the only Illinois environmental organization working full-time on nuclear power and waste issues.  Its 4 main programs deal with:  nuclear reactor issues; radioactive waste; nuclear not being a climate solution; and general nuclear power issues.  NEIS also advocates for more renewables, efficiency, storage and improved transmission as viable alternatives to nuclear power.

NEIS initiated programs like the monthly “Night with the Experts” and “Meme the Media” ZOOM programs, and its “Nuclear is NOT a Climate Solution” project (sine 1999); and has been a founding partner in other projects like the (now defunct) Radiation Monitoring Project, and the National Radioactive Waste Campaign.

To prevent nuclear demons from taking over, he raises orchids, and watches the sky a lot; with a dash of biking and camping as needed.  Lists of favorite books, movies and people available on request.

NEIS can be reached at:’;  (773) 342-7650

Deb Katz 

Deborah Katz, CSW is executive director of Citizens Awareness Network, a non -profit, grassroots New England organization fighting for clean air, democracy, and environmental justice. CAN was instrumental in the closure of reactors in MA, VT and CT. Katz designed the community health study with the MA Department of Health, organized local community participation and secured pro bono support from Harvard School of Public Health, USGS, Clark University, and John Snow Institute to investigate the epidemic of disease in her community brought on by long term exposure to radioactive releases from a nuclear power reactor. She coordinated environmental justice tours to Utah, Nevada, Washington, DC and South Carolina, three Action Camps (0ver 1,000 organizers participated) and  national People’s Summits on Nuclear Waste.  Katz won a Giraffe Award for sticking her neck out to protect New England reactor communities.  The House of Representative from the Commonwealth of MA cited her for outstanding leadership and service in the public health field. Katz is an author who published Valley of the Shadow, a picture book on the grief process for the left behind.

Jenn Galler 

Jenn Galler is a Community Organizer with Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League in Baltimore, MD. She has been working on nuclear justice issues since 2019, with this coalition being some of her first exposure. She participated in Peace Camps doing direct actions against the U.S. nuclear sharing agreement in Germany and the Netherlands. Currently, she is also in grad school for Environmental Science and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. 

Leigh Ford 

Leigh is a 4th generation Idahoan and loves to travel, but like a salmon, Idaho always draws her back. Both her grandfathers worked at the Idaho National Laboratory so she has deep emotional ties to the surrounding area and the water beneath it. Leigh feels strongly that she needs to do her part to help support the clean up of nuclear waste and protect it for future generations. “Water is more precious than any resource I can imagine and I intend on defending and protecting it in any way I can. I want my children to experience the beauty of our state and to always want to come home to the clean water and fresh air Idaho offers.”

Mays Smithwick

Mays Smithwick is the NRWC Coordinator. Mays grew up in Colorado, situated between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. They completed their undergraduate degree in the Global Studies department at Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts with a double minor in Philosophy and Cultural Studies. They received a MA degree from the Department of Experimental Humanities at New York University. Their ongoing research explores nuclear colonialism in the United States. Mays has worked with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons to coordinate the Second Meeting of the States Parties to the TPNW and Nuclear Ban Week New York, and they are a member of the New York Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Mays can be reached at

Cee’ Cee’ AndersonGeorgia-WAND

Eileen Shaughnessy
Demand Nuclear Abolition (DNA) – formerly the Nuclear Issues Study Group (NISG)

Jesse Deer In Water
Citizens’ Resistance at Fermi

Nancy Vann
Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG)

Marilyn Elie
Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition

Rose Gardner
Alliance for Environmental Strategies

Tim Judson
Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Karen Hadden
SEED Texas