Meet the Team
Meet the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) staff responsible for managing the coalition.
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.
Laura has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade. Prior to working at WSPR, Laura directed programs for two national nonprofit organizations based in Seattle. She is a primary author on over 20 sustainability curriculum publications, including a full-length high school textbook on sustainability challenges and solutions. Laura spent several years as a science and global issues educator, teaching undergraduate labs, high school and middle school courses. She holds a master’s degree in ecology from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a bachelor’s in ecology and society from Hendrix College.
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.