Chain Reaction 2018

Chain Reaction 2018

June 25 in San Francisco

With an unpredictable president and rising tensions around the world, leadership and democracy are more critical than ever. Join us to hear from the leaders who are working tirelessly to keep us out of nuclear war and moving toward a world where nuclear weapons no longer exist. 

Chain Reaction 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018 • 6pm - 9pm

201 Franklin Street (at Fell St.)
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Hors d'oeuvres, Cocktails & Dessert Reception


  • Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, Former Under Secretary of State
  • Eric Schlosser, Author and Producer, Command & Control, Fast Food Nation
  • Ben Rhodes, Former Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Yasmeen Silva, US Field Organizer, Beyond the Bomb
  • William J. Perry, 19th US Secretary of Defense

Sponsorships are still available.

Special Tribute for a Lifetime of Leadership: William J. Perry, 19th US Secretary of Defense

From his early days in Silicon Valley pioneering technologies to understand the Soviet nuclear arsenal, to his years as Secretary of Defense (1994-1997), Sec. Perry has been a leader in assessing nuclear threats and their role in our security. In 2007, Sec. Perry, George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger published several editorials in the Wall Street Journal that laid out a vision for a world without nuclear weapons as well as the urgent, practical steps to get there. Their articles shook up the global policy establishment and fundamentally reframed the global debate on nuclear weapons. Sec. Perry remains one of the most outspoken advocates for reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons. He has dedicated his life and legacy to this mission.

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs who led the US negotiating team that reached agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran for which, among other diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.

Eric Schlosser Author and producer of Command & Control and Fast Food Nation and global advocate for reducing nuclear threats.

Ben Rhodes Former Deputy National Security Advisor and one of the leading voices in the Obama Administration working for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Yasmeen Silva US Field Organizer for Beyond the Bomb who led the successful effort to have the San Francisco Board of Supervisors pass a resolution in support of the Markey-Lieu “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act.”

Special thanks to our Host Committee Co-Chairs and Sponsors:

Host Committee Co-Chairs

Noosheen Hashemi, HAND Foundation
Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman
Rachel Pike
Daniel U. Smith and Lucinda Lee Smith

Host Committee

Phil and Sabrina Ames
Terry Gamble Boyer and Peter Boyer
Lewis H. Butler
Sallie De Golia and Martin Bronk
John and Mary Feikema
Connie Foote
Kate Ditzler and Stuart Gasner
Amb. Pamela Hamamoto (ret)
Amb. Samuel D. Heins (ret) and Stacey L. Mills
Dorothie and Martin Hellman
Secretary Henry Kissinger, Honorary
Marty Krasney
Lisille and Henry Matheson
Senator Sam Nunn, Honorary
Julie and Will Parish
Kavita N. Ramdas
Secretary George P. Shultz, Honorary
Jeff Skoll, Honorary
Robert E. Sims


Sally Lilienthal Level: Noosheen Hashemi, HAND Foundation • Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman

Owen Chamberlain Level: Terry Gamble Boyer and Peter Boyer • Colonial Consulting, LLC • Steven and Roberta Denning • Amb. Samuel D. Heins (ret) and Stacey L. Mills • Guy and Jeanine Saperstein

Albert Einstein Level: Amb. Pam Hamamoto (ret) • Dorothie and Martin Hellman • Nasiri Foundation • Julie and Will Parish • Daniel U. Smith and Lucinda Lee Smith

Jonathan Schell Level: Phil and Sabrina Ames • Sallie De Golia and Martin Bronk • Edith and Jeb Eddy • Bob Estrin and Mary Lloyd Estrin • John and Mary Feikema • First Republic Bank • James B. Blume and Kathryn W. Frank • Kate Ditzler and Stuart Gasner • Grace A. Hughes • ISU Insurance Services of San Francisco • David and Anita Keller • Lisille and Henry Matheson • Robert E. Sims • Ramyne and Garry Spire • Waldron

For more information or sponsorship opportunities: Elizabeth Warner,, (415) 668.2244