Meet the Team


Meet the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) staff responsible for managing the coalition.

 

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Carly Brook

COALITION COORDINATOR

Carly Brook coordinates WPSR’s nuclear weapons abolition program, working to build a state-wide coalition, engage with elected officials, and promote education and awareness of this issue. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Sociology and Global Studies and believes in building community power through grassroots organizing to build the world we want and need. Carly has learned from and organized the International League of People's Struggles, One America, the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, and Northwest Detention Center Resistance to build a powerful network of organizing relationships.    

 
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Max Savashinsky

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Max brings two decades of leadership experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic, education, social services and development sectors, including directorial roles with Refugees Northwest, the Seattle International Foundation, the University of Washington, and the Council on International Educational Exchange. He holds Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in International Studies, and Doctor of Higher Education degrees from the University of Washington. Max speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and has lived, worked, studied and traveled in over 40 countries on 6 continents. A native of New York, Max has called the Pacific Northwest home for over 20 years.

 

 

WPSR's History


PSR Press Conference, 1962  (PSR National)

PSR Press Conference, 1962 (PSR National)

Doctors Jack Greiger, Victor Sidel, and Sidney Alexander at the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony  (PSR)

Doctors Jack Greiger, Victor Sidel, and Sidney Alexander at the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony (PSR)

WPSR is the Washington state chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). Physicians for Social Responsibility has been working for more than 50 years to create a healthy, just and peaceful world for both the present and future generations.

PSR was founded in 1961, and made its mark by educating public and policymakers about the egregious impacts of developing and testing nuclear weapons on human health. In 1961, pediatricians and dentists spearheaded a study collecting children’s baby teeth in St. Louis to document the presence of Strontium-90, a highly radioactive waste product of atmospheric nuclear testing, in the human body. This finding led to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty that ended atmospheric nuclear testing.

In 1985, PSR shared the Nobel Peace Prize with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) for raising public awareness on the catastrophic medical consequences of using nuclear weapons. IPPNW was established by American and Soviet physicians aiming to reawaken global society about the medical imperative of preventing nuclear war.