We are very happy to announce that Leah Bolger accepted our invitation to serve on the Advisory Board of the War Prevention Initiative. For the last nine months we have been collaborating on a regular basis with Leah on building World Beyond War. Currently Leah serves as the Chair of the Coordinating Committee at this crucial stage of building the World Beyond War movement. Leah’s commitment to ending war through nonviolent means and her leadership skills make her an invaluable partner and adviser.
Leah retired in 2000 from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Commander after twenty years of active duty service. Her duty stations included Iceland, Japan and Tunisia, and she was selected as a Military Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Strategic Studies Program. She received her master’s degree in national security and strategic affairs from the Naval War College. In 2012 she was elected as the first female President of Veterans For Peace, and in the fall of that year, traveled to Pakistan as part of an anti-drone delegation. In 2013 she was given the honor of presenting the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture at Oregon State University. In addition to her leadership role in World Beyond War, she currently serves as the Secretary of Defense on the Green Shadow Cabinet, the Coordinator for the Drones Quilt Project.