Board of Directors

Robert M. Gould, MD, Board President

  • Pathologist, Kaiser Hospital, San Jose, 1981-2012 (retired)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, 2012–present
  • Board Member, PSR National, 1993–present
  • President, National PSR, 2003 and 2014
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), 2012–2014, 2017–present
  • Co-Vice President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), 2018–present
  • Chairperson, Peace Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Member, Santa Clara County Medical Association (SCCMA), and House of Delegates, California Medical Association (CMA)

Tova Fuller, MD, PhD, Board Vice President, Chair of Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, 2018-present
  • National Board Member and Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons Co-Chair, 2020–present
  • Deputy International Council, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, 2021–present
  • Nuclear Task Force Member, Washington State Physicians for Social Responsibility,  2016-2018
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association, 2018-present
  • Member, Northern California Psychiatric Association, 2018–present
  • Member, American Public Health Association, 2019–present
  • Member, Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2020-present

I most value PSR’s emphasis, education, and advocacy on the two greatest existential crises we face today: climate change and nuclear proliferation.

Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, Secretary

  • Senior Physician, Kaiser Permanente, Occupational Medicine Department, San Francisco, 2013-current
  • Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2006-current
  • Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 2006-2013

I most value PSR’s emphasis, education, and advocacy on the two greatest existential crises we face today: climate change and nuclear proliferation.

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Michael D. Geschwind, MD, PhD, Treasurer

    • Professor of Neurology and holds the Michael J. Homer Chair in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Memory and Aging Center (MAC)
    • Board Member, SF Bay PSR, 2001-present
    • Board Member, New York City PSR, 1992–1996
    • Deputy Representative to the United Nations, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), 1992–1995

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Janice L. Kirsch, MD, MPH

  • Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, 1983–2016 (retired)
  • Public Health Investigator with the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, 1999–2004
  • Former President New York City Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Speakers Bureau Coordinator, 350 Bay Area, 2017–present
  • Public Health Consultant, No Coal in Oakland, 2016–2017
  • Presenter and Mentor, Climate Reality Project, 2015–present

Rohini Haar, MD, MPH

  • Adjunct Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 2020–present
  • Research Fellow, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley, 2014–present
  • Pool Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Kaiser Medical Center, Oakland, CA, 2014–present
  • Medical Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights, 2014–present

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Michael J. Martin, MD, MPH, MBA

  • Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Member, Board of Directors, National PSR, 2019–present
  • President, PSR National, January 2022–present
  • Co-chair, National PSR Environment & Health Committee, 2018–present
  • Treasurer, PSR National, 2019–2020
  • Chair, PSR National Finance Committee, 2019–2020
  • Chair, PSR National Fundraising & Development Committee, 2019–2021
  • Founder & President of Physicians Against Red Meat (PhARM), 2017–present

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Marjaneh Moini

Marjaneh Moini, MD

  • Chair, Radiation Oncology John Muir Health, Concord Campus, 2004–2008
  • Chair, Radiation Oncology John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Campus, 2008–2019
  •  Staff Physician, John Muir Health, 2000–present
  •  Member PSR, 1994–present
  •  Member Sierra Club, 1991–present
  •  Member American Society for Radiation Oncology, 1994-present
  •  Member Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association, 1998-present
  •  Member American Public Health Association, 2021- present
  •  Climate for Health Ambassador, ecoAmerica, 2021- present

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Tom Newman, MD, MPH

  • Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine
  • Chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology, UCSF, 1997–2016
  • Member, PSR National Board of Directors, 2005–2014
  • Founder, UCSF Academic Senate Sustainability Committee
  • Member, UCSF Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability
  • Founding Chair and Member SF Bay PSR Environmental Health Committee
  • Member, Green Team, Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo

SF Bay PSR provides scientific and emotional support for my activism around climate change and nuclear weapons while always providing me encouragement and inspiration to do more.

Jeffrey Ritterman, MD

  • Chief of Cardiology at Kaiser Richmond, 1981–2010 (retired)
  • Richmond (California) Human Rights Commission, 2022–present
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District Community Advisor Council, 2022–present
  • Associate Professor, Touro University Joint MPH/PA Program, 2013–2016
  • Physician, Adult Primary Care, Lifelong San Pablo, 2016–2019
  • Member, Board of Supervisors, Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board to the Contra Costa, 1990–2010
  • Co-founder, The Committee for Health Rights in Central America, The Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund, and the Southern Africa Medical Aid Fund
  • City Council of Richmond, 2008-2012, proposed first municipal soda tax in the United States

We must solve the worrisome problems of climate change, extreme wealth and income inequality, environmental devastation, gun violence, epidemics in obesity and diabetes, and the threat of nuclear annihilation.  It’s an honor and a duty to be a part of the solution.  I have been a PSR member since 1980.  Join us, we welcome you and we very much need your help.

Mary L. Williams, MD

  • Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco, 1980–2006 (retired)
  • Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco, 2006–present
  • Member, Environmental Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility Bay Chapter, 2017–present
  • Co-chair American Academy of Dermatology, Expert Resource Group on Climate Change and Environmental Issues, 2017–2022
  • Representative of the American Academy of Dermatology to the Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health, 2018–2020

I believe that we have a unique opportunity as health professionals to use our expertise and leverage our voices in advocating for actions and policies that will both limit future greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the harms to human health and the environment caused by global warming.

Key Member Roles

Patrice Sutton, MPH, Chair of Environmental Health Committee

  • More than 30 years of experience in occupational and environmental health research, industrial hygiene, public health practice, policy development, and community-based advocacy, in academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Scientific Collaborator, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), 2019–present
  • Research Scientist, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, UCSF, 2007–2019
  • Chair, SF Bay PSR Environmental Health Committee, 2020–present
  • Co-Program Planner, Peace Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Member, APHA Occupational Health Section
  • Member, APHA Environmental Health Section
  • Research Scientist Public Health Institute, 1993–2006
  • Industrial Hygienist/Research Scientist California Department of Health Services, 1987-1993

Interns

Miguel Mercado, UC Berkeley Student (he)

  • He is currently a fourth-year at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Public Health while minoring in Public Policy and Global Poverty & Practice.
  • Miguel’s experiences as an Anti-Trafficking Caseworker Intern and Voter Engagement Representative further underscore his commitment to social causes, advocating for the well-being of survivors and promoting civic engagement.
  • Miguel’s interest in combating commercial air pollution is driven by a passion for environmental advocacy and a personal connection, as it hits close to home, motivating him to actively contribute to addressing this crucial issue.
  • Learning goals for internship: “Deepen my understanding of policy development related to environmental issues and actively contribute to ongoing research.”

Navreet Kaur Purewal, UC Berkeley Student (she)

  • She is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology, with a focus on Immunology and Molecular Medicine, and a minor in Human Rights.
  • Her interests include health education, social policy, international health, community service, and human rights.
  • As a student researcher at the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, Navreet has experience conducting and educating on how to conduct open-source investigations to seek legal accountability for environmental crimes.
  • Learning goals for internship: She looks forward to learning about how nuclear weapons policy is shaped and to raising awareness about the risks of nuclear energy. Navreet is also interested in exploring how health professionals can advocate for social justice and bring about change in legislative landscapes.

Kelly Lin, UC Berkeley Student (she)

  • She is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Public Health and minoring in Asian American Diaspora Studies, along with Science, Technology, and Society.
  • Kelly has four years of experience in advocacy work with the Bay Area Community Resources to organize the community outreach that helped pass the first in the nation Healthy Checkout Ordinance in Berkeley, CA.
  • Kelly’s interests include global health policy, maternal health, peacekeeping, and war conflict.
  • Learning goals for internship: She aims to understand US nuclear abolition policies, explore international cooperation, and grasp the intersectionality with global security, environmental sustainability, and public health. She also seeks to learn about the role of physicians in activism for nuclear disarmament.

Staff

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Marj Plumb (she/they), Executive Director

  • A non-profit consultant and trainer who focuses on public policy advocacy, and organizational and leadership development
  • Founder of Plumbline Coaching and Consulting since 1998
  • In 2020, served as interim Executive Director of the national advocacy organization Breast Cancer Action and worked with the Black Futures Lab to create a new US-wide public policy training program for black advocates
  • For 16 years, served as Founder and Director of the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute
  • Created and ran the UCSF Reach the Decision Makers, which trained over 100 scientists, community members, clinicians and public health professionals over six years to effectively promote science and health-based policies at the USEPA
  • Previously served as Administrator of the San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility from 1999-2018

Giselle Bergmeier (she), Membership Associate

  • Associate, Plumbline Coaching and Consulting, 2021-present
  • Mobilization Director for the Nebraska State Democratic Party during the 2020 election cycle
  • Political Organizer during the 2018 and 2020 elections for a progressive congressional candidate
  • Graduate Assistant for the Midland’s Sexual Health Research Collaborative at the University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • MPA in Public Administration with a focus on Public Policy and BS in Political Science with minors in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

 

Julie Lindow (she), Director of Communications and Health Professional Engagement

  • Owner, Lindow Editorial Services, 2019–present
  • Associate Writer and Editor, Gestalt Graphics, 2019-present
  • Manager and Editor, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, 2005-2019
  • MA in English Literature with an emphasis in Cultural and Feminist Theory, San Francisco State University
  • Certificate in Professional Editing, University of California, Berkeley Extension
  • More than 15 years of experience writing and editing in the following topic areas: environment, medicine, history, education, fundraising

I am honored to help SF Bay PSR amplify health professionals’ voices, take concrete actions to shape policy, address environmental degradation, racial and economic injustice, nuclear weapons proliferation, and to educate the public and next generation of activists.

Equal Employment Opportunity

SF Bay PSR is committed to the principles of equal employment. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, and all other employment laws and regulations. It is our intent to maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation based on an individual’s race (including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, or related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status, protected medical leaves (requesting or approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act), domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. The organization is dedicated to the fulfillment of this policy in all aspects of employment, including but not limited to: recruiting, hiring, placement, transfer, training, promotion, rates of pay, and other compensation, termination; and with respect to all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The organization will conduct a confidential, prompt, and thorough investigation of all allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or any violation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy. The organization will take appropriate corrective and remedial action, if and where warranted. The organization prohibits retaliation against any employees who provide information about, complain about, or assist in the investigation of any report of discrimination or violation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.

We are all responsible for upholding this policy. You may discuss questions regarding equal employment opportunities with your managers or any other designated member of management.