President Emeritus
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Mike Beard is the President Emeritus of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and a founding board member of the Ed Fund. Mike has testified on firearms issues before the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He has also been profiled in Beacham’s Guide to Lobbyists, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.

Before beginning his work on gun violence prevention, Mike was the Executive Director of the Committee for Congressional Reform, Self-Determination for D.C. and the World Federalist Youth – USA. He has worked on the staffs of Representative Walter E. Fauntroy (D-DC), Representative Walter Moeller (D-OH), and Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA).

Mike is a graduate of the American University School of Government and Public Administration and the School of International Service.

Executive Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Joshua Horwitz, J.D., is the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.  He has spent more than two decades working on gun violence prevention issues.

Josh sees his role as looking around the next corner to develop new ideas and strategies for the gun violence prevention movement.  For instance, in 2007 his research and advocacy was instrumental in enacting a first-of-its-kind microstamping law in California. This revolutionary technology allows law enforcement to trace guns from expended cartridge casings left at crime scenes.

In 2009, through his book “Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea,” published by the University of Michigan Press, Josh was the first to show how the gun lobby’s “Second Amendment remedies” approach to government was an anti-democratic attack on the rule of law and other democratic institutions that keep the rest of us free.

In 2013, Josh was one of the founders of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, a group of mental health and public health experts who have examined the intersection of guns and mental health.  The Consortium released a set of policy recommendations designed to promote policy that will more effectively prevent those at a heightened risk of violent behavior from possessing firearms.  One of those recommendations was the basis for California’s first in the nation Gun Violence Restraining Order law (AB1014) that passed in September 2014.

Josh is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his law degree from the George Washington University.  He is a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he teaches public health advocacy and is a regular blogger at the Huffington Post.

 

Special Advisor to the Executive Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Kami Chavis is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia whose litigation experience serves as a cornerstone to her scholarship in criminal justice and criminal procedure. Because her expertise is expansive, Chavis is a leader in criminal justice reform and often writes and consults on matters of police and prosecutorial accountability, federal hate crime legislation and enforcement, and racial profiling. Chavis is also the authority on police body-cameras, having frequently contributed to local, national, and international media coverage on police killings of black men in the U.S. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Chavis worked on various aspects of civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and internal investigations. She is currently the Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives at Wake Forest University in addition to her role as director of the Wake Forest School of Law Criminal Justice program.

Senior Director Legislative Affairs
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Lori has worked for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since November 2009 and plays a crucial role in the Commonwealth of Virginia advancing policy, legislation, community and grass roots efforts to reduce gun violence.

After the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, during which her daughter was shot twice and survived, Lori became personally involved in gun violence prevention efforts and is the voice of GVP in Virginia.   She regularly works with the Virginia Congressional delegation in Washington and lobbies extensively at the Virginia General Assembly.  Lori is the leader of the GVP movement in Virginia working with a wide array of constituencies to advance policies and programs to reduce gun violence.   Additionally, she promotes awareness of the issue by speaking publicly and to groups about her family’s experiences with gun violence.

Lori attended Virginia Tech for two years and after a successful career in real estate, Lori volunteered for many neighborhood, church, school, and civic organizations while raising her three children. She was born in Richmond, Virginia, where she currently lives with her husband.  They have three adult children: Emily, Wyatt, and Townley and two grandchildren.

Director of Federal Affairs | Suicide Prevention Specialist
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Dakota Jablon serves as the Director of Federal Affairs at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, where she uses her public health background to advocate for evidence-based gun violence prevention policies on Capitol Hill. An expert on firearm suicide prevention, she also serves as the Suicide Prevention Specialist at CSGV’s sister organization, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. Prior to joining CSGV and the Ed Fund, Dakota worked for now retired Congressman Henry Waxman and his successor, Congressman Ted Lieu. Dakota received her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and earned her Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where her emphasis was mental health and suicide prevention policy.

Director of Policy and Programming
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

As Director of Policy and Programming, Jen leads our state movement building efforts across the country. She is responsible for developing our policy priorities, strategies, and policy and technical support for state partners. She provides and translates public health research for advocates, stakeholders, and partners to support local efforts throughout the country to reduce gun deaths and injuries. Jen is currently a Fellow with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and completing her MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Prior to her role at CSGV, Jen fed her passion at the local level. She co-led Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, a small, grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to preventing gun violence in her home state.

When she is not working to end gun violence, Jen enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her two kids.

Director of Administration
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Adam currently serves as the Director of Administration at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Before joining the team at EFSGV and CSGV, Adam was a Finance and Field Intern with the Jennifer Wexton Campaign for Congress in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Originally from the Washington D.C. Metro area, Adam is excited to be living in Washington and working with CSGV to alleviate daily amounts of gun violence.
Adam graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dickinson College with a major in political science in May of 2018. During his time at Dickinson, he made his passion for gun violence prevention clear. In the summer of 2016 he interned with EFSGV and CSGV and during his final semester of college he elected to complete an independent research project for which he studied the impact of gun violence on women and people of color. Outside of work, Adam is a passionate Washington Wizards fan and enjoys running, reading, and socializing with friends.

Director of Political Communications
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Andrew Patrick serves as the Director of Political Communications for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV). He directs the organization’s media strategy, social media, press relations, and digital content.

Andrew began his work at CSGV in September 2013 as a Virginia organizer. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and a master’s degree in public relations from Kent State University.

Andrew lives in Maryland with his wife, son, daughter, and two rescue beagles. He enjoys comedy, sports, television shows, and collecting vinyl records.  Follow Andrew on Twitter.

Development Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Sarah Rhyins serves as Director of Development at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Prior to her role at CSGV, Sarah raised funds for organizations including Girls Inc. of Alameda County, VolunteerMatch, and held leadership roles at San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony and KQED. Sarah has also served as a consultant with the non-profit direct marketing firm, Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey where she advised a wide variety of non-profit advocacy, environmental and international relief organizations.

She is a native of Ridgefield, Connecticut, and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. A prior stint at managing a French bistro instilled a lifelong love of cooking and bringing people together with good food and good conversation.

Director of Strategic Communications
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Bryan Barks is the Director of Strategic Communications at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV).

Bryan has a background in social justice advocacy. Prior to joining CSGV in 2015, she worked for several organizations dedicated to poverty alleviation and legal aid. She also has experience in local government and worked at the Public Information Office in her hometown of Athens, Georgia.

Bryan is passionate about mental health advocacy. She was initially drawn to CSGV’s risk-based approach to gun violence prevention and active efforts to destigmatize mental illness.

Bryan has a BA in political science and international affairs from Georgia College & State University. In her free time, she enjoys writing, freelance editing, and traveling with her husband.

Senior Director of Law & Policy
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Kelly Roskam, J.D., serves as the Senior Director of Law & Policy for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV). Kelly has worked with both organizations since August 2013. In this position, her responsibilities include drafting and analyzing legislation, drafting congressional testimony, legal research and writing, ensuring compliance with federal and state nonprofit laws, maintaining and updating organizational policies and bylaws, and managing human resources.

Prior to joining CSGV as General Counsel, Kelly worked as a Research Assistant at CSGV and interned with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s Legal Action Project.

A Minnesota native, Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She received her Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law.

Law & Policy Staff Attorney
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Tim Carey, J.D., serves at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence as a Law & Policy Staff Attorney. He is responsible for working with the Senior Director of Law & Policy to analyze and draft legislation, perform legal research and writing, and find ways to make complex legal information accessible to those who need it.

Before joining the CSGV team, Tim was deeply involved in child welfare law and policy advocacy. He was a Child Advocacy attorney in Baltimore, Maryland, representing children ages 0-21 in abuse and neglect cases. As a law student in Georgia, Tim weathered multiple legislative sessions working as a child policy advocate and in the office of a state senator. Tim was drawn to CSGV after witnessing the irreparable damage gun violence causes the youth and communities he has worked with.

A native to Maryland, Tim received his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in Philosophy and Psychology, focusing his research on social justice education. He earned his juris doctorate from Emory University School of Law in 2018 and specialized in child welfare, mental health, and civil rights law. When he’s not immersed in legal materials, you can find Tim running, playing music, and caring for animals.

Director of Outreach & Equity
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Lauren Footman currently serves as a Director of Outreach and Equity at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV). Before joining CSGV, Lauren has had a diverse career trajectory, having worked in human resources, corporate responsibility, and nonprofit sectors. During her career, she has gained experience in talent management, implementing diversity and inclusion programs, and coalition building. Moreover, she has worked with local and national organizations on civil rights, and gun violence prevention, working at the intersection of policy, community organizing, and philanthropy. Lauren prides herself on being to foster collaboration among her corporate and nonprofit affiliations, as these institutions understand that society benefits when their efforts are aligned and well resourced. In her current role, Lauren works to empower and amplify impacted communities by providing them the tools and resources to cultivate safe and sustainable communities. A Yeadon, PA native, Lauren received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and her master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Student Organizer
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Cierra Hinckson is a Student Organizer at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence where she uses her passion for community organizing and social justice advocacy to engage impacted communities in the fight against gun violence. In her role, Cierra collaborates with grassroots organizations that are working to solve the root causes of gun violence by connecting them with resources and tools to amplify their work and uplift their communities.

Cierra is currently an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University pursuing a B.A in Political Science with a minor in African American and Diaspora Studies. In her free time, she enjoys watching films, reading, and trying vegan recipes.

Director of Research Translation
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Vicka Chaplin, MA, MPH,  is the Director of Research Translation at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV). In this role, Vicka translates research findings into effective gun violence prevention policies, practices, and further research.

Vicka also serves as the Managing Director of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy. She oversees the development of the Consortium’s reports and recommendations, administers the Consortium’s convenings and communications, and fosters collaboration among its members and contributors.

An Ann Arbor, Michigan native, Vicka is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned master’s degrees in counseling psychology from Adler University and in public health from the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado – Denver.

 

Policy Analyst
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Ari Davis is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) where he conducts research and advocates for evidence-based policies to reduce gun violence. His primary focus area is addressing community gun violence through effective policy and programs.

Ari earned a Master of Public Policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2018 and is currently a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student focusing on violence prevention.

Prior to working in gun violence prevention, Ari was a special education teacher with Teach for America in New Orleans, Louisiana. Through his experiences working with youth affected by gun violence, he became a passionate gun violence prevention advocate.

State Affairs Manager
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Lisa Geller, MPH, is the State Affairs Manager at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) in Washington, DC.

Lisa began working at the Ed Fund in June 2015. Lisa’s work focuses on research, advocacy, and implementation of evidence-based gun violence prevention policies. Her main areas of interest within gun violence prevention are the intersection of firearms and domestic violence and firearms and youth violence.

Lisa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science. She earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In her free time, Lisa enjoys traveling, cooking, and trying new restaurants in DC.