Dave Kraft (Chicago, IL) is a safe-energy/anti-nuclear advocate, and co-founder of NEIS. He has served as its director since its inception in 1981. Prior to becoming a full-time energy activist, his academic background and training was in astronomy and psychology at Northwestern University and Northeastern University in Chicago. He worked as a para-professional therapist for 12 years in Chicago. Kraft’s interest in the environment moved him to found NEIS with seven other people, to provide the public with credible information about the hazards and effects of nuclear power and waste, and the viable means to replace them.
Kraft is an accomplished public speaker and writer on nuclear topics. He has been called upon to testify in hearings related to nuclear power at the state and federal levels. He was responsible for creating the “Know Nukes!” series of videos on nuclear topics in cooperation with CAN-TV Chicago; and is a co-founder of the Radiation Monitoring Project, designed to provide training and field monitors to communities contaminated by radioactive substances. He has received recognition and awards for his work, most recently, in May 2016, the Judith Johnsrud “Unsung Hero of the Year” award for his lifelong activism.