Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr. served at the Arms Control Agency from 1970-1997 in many capacities. During this period he served in a major role in every significant arms control and non-proliferation negotiation in which the United States took part including: the Salt I, Salt II and Start negotiations as well as the test ban, conventional armed forces in Europe, chemical weapons, biological weapons and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty extension negotiations.
Ambassador Graham served for nearly three decades at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, including a decade and a half as general counsel as well as Acting Director of the agency for most of 1993. In 1993 he led the effort to establish a long-term moratorium on the conduct of nuclear weapons tests. From 1994 to 1996, he was a principal figure in the worldwide effort to successfully support the conclusion of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty negotiations.
In 1994 President Clinton appointed Thomas Graham Jr. as his special representative for arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament, with the rank of Ambassador. From 1993 to 1995 Ambassador Graham led the successful U.S. government effort to indefinitely extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
From 2009 to 2016, Ambassador Graham served on the International Advisory Board of the Nuclear Program of the United Arab Emirates. The mission of the Board was to help maintain the highest standards of safety, security, non-proliferation, transparency, and sustainability in the development of the Program.
Ambassador Graham has taught at—among others—Stanford University, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, University of Washington, and Oregon State University. He has authored 10 books, written articles, and given legislative testimony. Among his books are: Disarmament Sketches, 2002; Unending Crisis, 2012; and Seeing the Light, the Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, 2017. He received an A.B. in 1955 from Princeton University and a J.D. in 1961 from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Kentucky, the District of Columbia, and the New York Bars.
In 1995 Ambassador Graham received the Trainor Award for Distinction in Diplomacy from Georgetown University and in 2006 the World Order under Law from the American Bar Association. He received the Distinguished Honor Award twice, the Superior Honor Award twice, and the Meritorious Honor Award once from the Arms Control Agency. He also received the Meritorious Honor Award from the Department of State.
In May 2019 Ambassador Graham was selected as Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Energy and National Security Coalition based at the Atlantic Council.
Victor Alessi, Ph.D.
In addition to being a trained nuclear physicist, Dr. Victor Alessi has extensive hands-on experience running nonproliferation programs in both the public and private sectors. As the longtime U.S. representative on the Governing Board of the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Moscow, Dr. Alessi participates in policy and decision making on threat reduction projects throughout the former Soviet Union. He also chairs the board of the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine, which coordinates international nonproliferation projects between private companies, governments, and industry. Dr. Alessi is president emeritus of the U.S. Industry Coalition, an international trade association that fosters nuclear nonproliferation by engaging WMD experts in peaceful commercial projects. He is also past president of DynMeridian, a private company that specialized in matters of arms control, nonproliferation, and information technology.
As director of the U.S. Office of Arms Control and Nonproliferation in the Department of Energy, Dr. Alessi oversaw all arms control activities during the administration of President George H.W. Bush; he played an instrumental role in implementing the U.S. unilateral nuclear initiative in 1991. Later, as executive assistant to the director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Dr. Alessi advised on nuclear nonproliferation and oversaw the agency’s daily operations. He has been a delegate to or a participant in the negotiation of several foundational international nonproliferation agreements, including START, SALT II, the CTBT, and the INF Treaty.
Along with his governmental, business, and industry savvy, Dr. Alessi brings valuable scientific expertise to the Lightbridge board as a trained nuclear physicist: he holds Ph.D. and master’s degrees in nuclear physics from Georgetown, as well as a licentiate in philosophy from Fordham University. Dr. Alessi joined Lightbridge in 2006 and is chairman of the Compensation Committee.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Seth Grae leads Lightbridge’s efforts to develop and deploy advanced nuclear reactor fuel that will result in more electricity being provided from existing and new reactors, as well as enhanced safety and proliferation resistance, to allow nuclear power to compete and grow internationally as a non-emitting source of base load electricity.
Lightbridge has also advised governments of countries seeking to start nuclear power programs from feasibility studies through procurement and operations. Lightbridge’s first major international engagement was to develop the strategic plan—the Roadmap for Success—for commercial nuclear energy for the United Arab Emirates.
Mr. Grae is a member of the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and is a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Board of Directors. He is a member of the Nuclear Security Working Group, Nuclear Energy and National Security Coalition, Working Group on Climate, Nuclear, and Security Affairs of the Council on Strategic Risks, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium. He is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Washington College of Law at American University. He has served as Vice Chair of the Governing Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security, and as Co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Arms Control & Disarmament.
Mr. Grae earned a B.A. (cum laude) from Brandeis University; an MBA and an LLM in international law from Georgetown University; and a JD from American University.
Daniel Magraw Jr.
A member of the Board of Directors of the Company and its predecessors since 1996, Mr. Daniel Magraw Jr. is a leading expert on international environmental law and policy, as well as on international human rights. He is a Senior Fellow and Professorial Lecturer at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and President Emeritus of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Mr. Magraw was the President and CEO of CIEL from 2002-2010. Mr. Magraw is chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law’s Carta de Foresta Task Force, serves as a consultant to the United Nations, was a member of the U.S. Department of State Study Group on International Business Transactions, and was Chair of the 15,000-member Section of International Law and Practice of the ABA.
From 1992-2001, Mr. Magraw was Director of the International Environmental Law Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, during which time he also served at the White House (2000-2001) and as Acting Assistant Administrator of the EPA’s Office of International Activities. He was a member of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (TEPAC) from 2002-2010.
Mr. Magraw practiced international law, constitutional law, and bankruptcy law at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC from 1978-1983. Mr. Magraw is a widely-published author in the field of international law and has received many awards. He graduated from Harvard University with High Honors in Economics, where he was student body president, and from the University of California, Berkeley Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. While working as an economist for the Peace Corps in India from 1968 to 1972, Mr. Magraw helped develop and managed the largest and most successful cooperative of its type (wholesale, retail, furniture manufacturing and food processing) in India.
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Ms. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend became a director of the Company in October 2013. Ms. Townsend has a long history of accomplishment in the public arena, and for the last decade in the private sector. Since 2007, she served as a managing director and currently as a senior advisor at the Rock Creek Group, an investment management company. Ms. Townsend has also served as director of retirement security at the Economic Policy Institute since November 2017. In addition, Ms. Townsend serves on the board of directors for the Pension Rights Center (a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization), NewTower Trust Company (a non-depository trust company that provides fiduciary and trustee services to the Multi-Employer Property Trust (MEPT), an open-end commingled real estate equity fund), and CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. (TSX: CVV) (a Canadian uranium exploration company).
As the State of Maryland’s first woman Lt. Governor, Ms. Townsend was in charge of a multimillion-dollar budget and had oversight of major cabinet departments, including Economic Development and Transportation, State Police, Public Safety and Correction and Juvenile Justice. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, Ms. Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. In that role, she led the planning to put 100,000 police officers into the community and she ignited the Police Corps, a program to give college scholarships to young people who pledge to work as police officers for four years after graduation.
Prior to serving at the Department of Justice, Ms. Townsend spent seven years as the founder and director of the Maryland Student Service Alliance where she led the fight to make Maryland the first-and only-state to make service a graduation requirement.
Ms. Townsend has been appointed Special Advisor at the Department of State, and a Research Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, where she focuses on retirement security. She is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She taught foreign policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has been a visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In the mid-1980s, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Ms. Townsend chairs the Center for Popular Democracy which builds the strength and capacity of democratic organizations. Ms. Townsend is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. For the last eight years she has been Vice-Chair of the Future of Science conference held in Venice Italy and for the last four years Vice-Chair of Science for Peace held in Milan.
Ms. Townsend has chaired the Institute of Human Virology founded by Dr. Robert Gallo, which treats over 700,000 patients in Africa as part of the PEPFAR program, has chaired the Robert Kennedy Memorial and has been on the Board of Directors of the John F Kennedy Library Foundation. Previously, she served on a number of boards including the Export-Import Bank, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Wilderness Society, the Points of Light Foundation, the National Catholic Reporter and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and the Baltimore Urban League.
An honors graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Townsend received her law degree from the University of New Mexico where she was a member of the law review. She has received fourteen honorary degrees. She has been a member of the bar in Maryland, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Ms. Townsend’s book, Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches Mixed God with Politics and Lost Their Way was published by Warner Books in March 2007.