Chain Reaction 2017

June 5, 2017 in San Francisco

During his years in the US Senate and throughout his tenure as Secretary of State, John Kerry provided skillful leadership on many global security issues. As Secretary, Kerry’s leading role in negotiating the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate accord demonstrated his commitment to solving the two biggest threats to our planet today: nuclear weapons and climate change. Both of these groundbreaking agreements are now at risk, threatening our security and very existence. How can we join forces and mobilize to save these landmark victories in the current political climate? Join us to learn more.

Chain Reaction 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017 • 6:00pm
Fort Mason Center, Cowell Theater

Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktail Reception immediately following program
Fort Mason Center, Gallery 308, Landmark Building A

Venue can be reached via municipal transit lines (map)


Featured Speakers

John Kerry, Former Secretary of State (2013-2017)
In 2013, John Forbes Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States, becoming the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman to serve as Secretary in over a century. Kerry provided the State Department with global stewardship on issues ranging from nuclear nonproliferation to radical extremists, to humanitarian challenges and the rising threat of climate change.

He was the first Secretary of State to meet with Iran’s Foreign Minister since the Iranian revolution of 1979. This meeting was the highest-level US diplomatic contact with Iran in more than six years, and a key moment on the journey towards the signing of the landmark 2015 agreement to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon.

Faced with the rising threat of global climate change, Kerry was also a key architect of the Paris Climate Accord, signing the historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions in 2016.

Barbara Hall, Master of Ceremonies, Creator/Producer, Madam Secretary
Barbara Hall is the Creator/Producer of acclaimed television series Madam Secretary. With Madam Secretary, Hall sought to create a series that exposes the challenges of dealing with urgent global threats, like Iran's nuclear program and loose nukes, while remaining nonpartisan and removed from today's hyper-partisan politics. Hall is a five-time Emmy-nominated writer and producer of other popular shows such as "Judging Amy", "Joan of Arcadia", "Moonlighting", "Northern Exposure" and "Chicago Hope." Hall is also a novelist with 11 published works and a variety of achievements that include a Golden Laurel from the Producers Guild of America, two Humanitas Awards, an NAACP Image Award, TV Critics Association Award and more.

Meredith Horowski, Global Campaign Director, Global Zero
Global Zero is building an international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons, making a point to focus on young people. Horowski leads their public mobilization efforts and global field strategy, engaging activists and reigniting Global Zero’s grassroots work on campuses across the country and around the world. Ploughshares Fund is proud to support Global Zero.

Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund
Joe Cirincione is a highly regarded nuclear policy expert. Cirincione served on Secretary Kerry's International Security Advisory Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a recognized author and frequent commentator in the media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News and MSNBC.

Host Committee Co-Chairs

Noosheen Hashemi, HAND Foundation
Rachel Pike
Guy and Jeanine Saperstein
Daniel U. Smith and Lucinda Lee

Host Committee

Phil and Sabrina Ames • Terry Gamble Boyer and Peter Boyer • Lewis H. Butler • Sallie De Golia and Martin Bronk • Bob Estrin and Mary Lloyd Estrin • John and Mary Feikema • The Honorable Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Honorary • Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Honorary • Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Honorary • Tabitha Jordan • Lisille and Henry Matheson • Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader (D-CA), Honorary • Secretary William J. Perry, Honorary • Robert E. Sims • Secretary George P. Shultz, Honorary • Jeff Skoll, Honorary • Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Honorary • Ali Youssefi


Sally Lilienthal Level: Steven and Roberta Denning • Noosheen Hashemi, HAND Foundation • Guy and Jeanine Saperstein

Owen Chamberlain Level: Terry Gamble Boyer and Peter Boyer • Daniel U. Smith and Lucinda Lee

Albert Einstein Level: Colonial Consulting, LLC • Phil and Sabrina Ames • Tabitha Jordan • Nasiri Foundation

Jonathan Schell Level: James B. Blume and Kathryn W. Frank • John F. Dains • Sallie De Golia and Martin Bronk • Nancy and Wim de Wit • Bob Estrin and Mary Lloyd Estrin • Tawnie and John Farmer • John and Mary Feikema • ISU Insurance Services of San Francisco • Mary Wohlford Foundation • Lisille and Henry Matheson • Robert E. Sims • Skoll Global Threats Fund • Roselyne Chroman Swig • Waldron • Ali Youssefi

For more information or sponsorship opportunities: Kaley Diamond,, (415) 668.2244