2016 Board Nominees

Massachusetts Peace Action board of directors members serve for a 2-year term.  The following candidates have been nominated by the Executive Committee for election in March 2016. Members, please cast your ballot by downloading theMAPA Board Election Ballot 2016 and returning it to the office by March 11, 2016.  You may also email your vote to vote@masspeaceaction.org

Board Members Running for Re-election 

Jaime Babson, South Hadley

Jrsz_jamieaime Babson serves on the boards of the Veterans Education Project and of two family foundations, and is a friend of the New England Peace Pagoda community. He values the communities of peace activists in Western Massachusetts.



Shelagh Foreman, Cambridge, Program Director

rsz_shelaghsmShelagh Foreman is the program director of Massachusetts Peace Action. She was a founding member of Mass Freeze, the statewide nuclear freeze organization, which merged with SANE to form Massachusetts Peace Action. She has worked consistently on nuclear disarmament and focused on bringing Peace Action’s message to our elected officials. She studied art at The Cooper Union and Columbia University, taught art and art history, and is a painter and printmaker. She represents MAPA on the Political Committee of Mass Alliance and is a core group member of 20/20 Action. She is chair of MAPA’s Iran Task Force. She and her husband Ed have 5     children and 7 grandchildren, live in Cambridge and also spend time in Falmouth.


John Maher, Cambridge

rsz_johnmaherJohn Maher was an organizer for SDS in the 1960’s. He worked in a factory, taught in Cambridge and Somerville public schools, was director of education and outreach for Oxfam, and was executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor, which works for progressive working class power in Massachusetts politics. He is on the steering committee of the Eastern Massachusetts campaign to Fund Our Communities / Cut Military Spending 25%. He recently published Learning from the Sixties: Memoir of an Organizer.


Eva Moseley, Cambridge, Music Committee Chair

rsz_eva1Eva Steiner Moseley was born in Vienna; she and her family arrived in New York as refugees in 1939. Educated at Bronx H.S. of Science, Mount Holyoke College (B.A. in philosophy) and Radcliffe College (A.M. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies), after a peripatetic marriage she was curator of manuscripts at Radcliffe’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America for 28 years, during which she was president of New England Archivists and on the Council of the Society of American Archivists. She cut her political teeth in Henry Wallace’s presidential campaign (1948), worked for a nuclear test ban with Women Strike for Peace in the early 1960s, joined the nuclear freeze movement in 1982, and has worked for peace ever since. In 2007 she visited Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron with the Cambridge-Bethlehem People-to-People Committee. She has two children and three granddaughters. Eva chairs MAPA’s Music Committee.


Prasannan Parthasarathi, Newton

rsz_prasannanPrasannan Parthasarathi is Associate Professor of History at Boston College and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University. A specialist in the history of South Asia, the British Empire, and labor and economic history, he recently published Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850. Parthasarathi was a member of the Sustainable Defense Task Force and is a member of the steering committee of the Eastern Massachusetts campaign to Fund Our Communities / Cut Military Spending 25%.


John Ratliff, Cambridge, Economic Justice Coordinator

JohnRatliff-145x150John Ratliff was political director of an SEIU local union in Miami, Florida, and relocated to Cambridge after his retirement in 2012.   He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.  A Vietnam veteran and member of Veterans for Peace, he is a member of the coordinating committee of Massachusetts Senior Action’s Cambridge branch, and chair of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice’s Global Justice Task Force.  As Mass. Peace Action’s economic justice coordinator he leads our coalition work with Raise Up Massachusetts for an increased minimum wage and sick time benefits, and against the Trans Pacific Partnership.  He is the father of MIT Student Daniel Bausher-Belton, who was an intern at Mass. Peace Action in summer 2013.

New Candidate:

Jonathan King, chair, Nuclear Disarmament Working Group

JonKing.150hJonathan King is professor of molecular biology at MIT, the author of over 250 scientific papers, and a specialist in protein folding. He founded the Jobs with Peace campaign in the 1980s and now chairs Massachusetts Peace Action’s Nuclear Disarmament Working Group. He is also an officer of the Cambridge Residents Alliance and of Citizens for Public Schools.


Nominating Additional Candidates

Any member may nominate him or herself or another member before March 7, 2016. See the procedures to follow or call the office at 617-354-2169 for information.

Continuing Board Members

Because of staggered terms, existing members Rosalie Anders, Carol Coakley, Subrata Ghoshroy, Bonnie Gorman, Rosemary Kean, Jeff Klein, Maryellen Kurkulos, Guntram Muller, Denise Simmons, and Ken Yarbrough will continue to serve for another year before being eligible for re-election in January 2017.