Jack DuVall - Senior Counselor and Founding DirectorJack DuVall is Senior Counselor and Founding Director of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. From 2002 through 2013, he served as President of ICNC. Prior to that, from 1997 through 2001, he collaborated with Peter Ackerman and Steve York in developing the documentary television series “A Force More Powerful,” of which he was executive producer, and was co-author of the companion book of the same name (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press 2001).


Mr. DuVall has spoken often at universities and policy institutes, including Cambridge University, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (New York), the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies (Cairo), the International Peace & Security Institute’s Bologna Symposium (Italy), the Justice Institute of British Columbia, McGill University (Canada), the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the National Press Club of New Zealand, the Palestine Center (Washington, D.C.), the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas,  the Salon International des Initiatives de Paix (Paris), the Southampton Institute (UK), Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Melbourne (Australia), the University of Virginia Law School, the Whitlam Institute of the University of Western Sydney (Australia), the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University, and Yale University.

His media appearances have included BBC News, MSNBC, ABC TV (Australia), CBC (Canada), CBS Radio and National Public Radio. His op-eds and articles have appeared in publications including the Harvard International Review, the International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, the Boston Globe, Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Christian Science Monitor, The Age (Melbourne, Australia), The Daily Beast, and openDemocracy. He has also been cited in such publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, The Nation, and U.S. News and World Report.

Prior to his professional work in the field of nonviolent action and civil resistance, Mr. DuVall was a public television executive and writer. Independently he helped develop non-fiction television programming and related educational applications for the Turner Broadcasting System, The Learning Channel, KCET/Los Angeles, the British Consulate General in Los Angeles, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Committee on the Constitutional System, and over 30 other commercial television and non-profit organizations. Mr. DuVall was also Vice President for Program Resources of WETA, Washington, D.C. from 1985 to 1989, and previously was Director of Corporate Relations of the University of Chicago (1980-1985). 

His earlier career included service as Director of Public Affairs of several national trade associations (such as the National Soybean Processors Association and the Hearing Industries Association), managed by Hauck & Associates (Washington, D.C.), from 1975 to 1980. He was also Director of Industry Compliance, Cost of Living Council (Executive Office of the President), 1973-1975; Compliance Officer with the U.S. Price Commission (1972-1973); and an officer in the U.S. Air Force (1969-72). 

His political activity has included speeches for U.S. presidential candidates and nominees including Senator Gary Hart and former Vice President Walter Mondale in 1984, Senator Paul Simon and Governor Michael Dukakis in 1988, and then-Governor Bill Clinton in 1992. In 1984 he was a member of the National Platform Committee of the Democratic Party, and acted as spokesman for Senator Hart’s presidential campaign in Illinois. In 1982 he assisted Senator Adlai Stevenson’s campaign for Governor of Illinois.

A native of California, Mr. DuVall holds a B.A. degree (cum laude) from Colgate University, has served as a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia) and as an associate of the Centre for Justice and Peace Development at Massey University (Auckland, New Zealand).