Jack DuVall is Founding Director Emeritus of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. From 2002 through 2014, he served as President of ICNC. After stepping down from that position, he served in an advisory capacity as Senior Counselor from 2015 to 2017. Earlier, from 1997 to 2001, he collaborated with Peter Ackerman in helping to develop and promote 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).
Representing ICNC, Mr. DuVall spoke widely at universities and institutes. These included Cambridge University, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, 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, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the National Press Club of New Zealand, the Palestine Center (Washington, D.C.), the Salon International des Initiatives de Paix (Paris), 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 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, 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, and The Nation.
Prior to his work related to nonviolent action, from 1989 to 1996 Mr. DuVall helped develop non-fiction television programming and related educational material 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 TV and non-profit organizations. Previously, he was Vice President for Program Resources of WETA Television, Washington, D.C. (1985-1989) and was Director of Corporate Relations of The University of Chicago (1980-1985).
Earlier Mr. DuVall served as Director of Public Affairs of national trade associations including the National Soybean Processors Association and the Hearing Industries Association, managed by Hauck & Associates in Washington, D.C. (1975-1980). 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 included speechwriting for U.S. presidential candidates and nominees including Senator Gary Hart and former Vice President Walter Mondale (1984), Senator Paul Simon and Governor Michael Dukakis (1988), and then-Governor Bill Clinton (1992). In 1984 he was on the National Platform Committee of the Democratic Party, and was media spokesman for Senator Hart’s presidential campaign in Illinois, where he had assisted Senator Adlai Stevenson’s campaign for Governor of Illinois (1982).
A native of California, Mr. DuVall holds a B.A. degree (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) 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 is an associate of the Centre for Justice and Peace Development at Massey University (Auckland, New Zealand).