Scott Kennedy was a peace educator for 40 years. He was instrumental in pioneering the organization of educational delegations to conflict zones, now a widely practiced form of peace education. Starting in 1979, he personally led more than three dozen delegations to the Middle East. He also helped establish Witness for Peace, which brought thousands of US citizens to Nicaragua on short educational visits.
Mr. Kennedy co-founded the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, California, one of the most active community-based peace education centers in the United States. The Center has hosted numerous speakers, workshops and programs focusing on the peaceful and just resolution of conflicts locally and around the world. Mr. Kennedy also actively served on the boards of many organizations that teach and exemplify peace and empowerment, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Middle East Witness, the Refuser Solidarity Network, the Middle East Advisory Committee of the American Friends Service Committee, the Isla Vista Youth Project, the Isla Vista Children's Center, the Thomas Merton Unity (Nonviolence) Center, the Isla Vista People's Life Fund, the California Youth Advocate Program, the National Youth Advocate Program and Interfaith Peace-Builders.
Mr. Kennedy also served as mayor of Santa Cruz, California, where he resided with his wife Kristin and three children.