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.

 

Vice President of Strategy & Programming
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 State Affairs
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

As Director of State Affairs, Jen is responsible for developing legislative policy support for partner state-level organizations across the country. She provides and translates research for advocates, stakeholders, and partners to support local efforts throughout the country to reduce gun deaths and injuries.

Prior to her role at CSGV, Jen fed her passion at the local level as the leader at Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, a small, grassroots advocacy organization. In addition to her 7 years of experience in the GVP movement, Jen is developing her violence prevention public health expertise as a Fellow with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative completing her MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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

Clare is the Development Associate at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV), where she directly supports the Executive Director and Board of Directors in executing fundraising strategies that will increase organizational revenue and support program growth.

She is further responsible for managing and participating in key fundraising activities including donor relations, direct mail appeals, proposal writing, and special events.

Prior to this, Clare served as a Senior Research Associate with Primary Insight, LLC – a New York-based financial research firm – as well as a Research Associate with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs – a Latin American policy think tank out of Washington, D.C.

Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Spanish, Clare attended university at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. With this background, she developed a strong interest in the advocacy and nonprofit sectors, which ultimately led her to find her place at CSGV.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Clare enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with family and friends, seeing live music, and exploring all that D.C. has to offer.

Chief Operations Officer
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Adam graduated 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 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.

Before joining the team at 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. He is also thrilled to be living in D.C. because he is a faithful Washington Wizards fan.

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 social media strategy, media strategy, press relations, and website development.

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 Catonsville, Maryland with his wife, son, daughter, and beagle. He enjoys comedy, sports, television shows, and collecting vinyl records.  Follow Andrew on Twitter.

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.

In addition to her work at CSGV, Bryan serves as a member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s Young Adult Council and 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., has served at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV) 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.

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

Kayla Hicks serves as the Special Advisor to the Executive Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV). Prior to that, Kayla served as the Director of African-American & Community Outreach. She has also served as a State Organizer for Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws (VRGL) and currently leads the Virginia Action Network (VAN). In her positions, she is responsible for the organization’s outreach to impacted communities that are disproportionately affected by gun violence. These communities are also historically underrepresented in the debates on this issue and are often brushed aside by their elected officials.

Kayla seeks to engage these unserved and underserved communities through free workshops that provide the tools necessary to enact real change. Kayla brings more than 25 years of experience organizing diverse groups — union and labor, workforce groups, grassroots efforts, elections, and campaigns — in more than 15 states.

As a gun owner herself, Kayla has a particular interest in responsible firearms ownership. She also has a passion for helping others and volunteers as a victim’s assistance advocate in Virginia. She is dedicated to community service and resides in Virginia, where her husband serves as a law enforcement officer.

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.

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

Adelyn Allchin has served as Director of Public Health at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV) since February 2018. Prior to that, she served as a Public Health Analyst at CSGV from June 2015 to January 2018.

Adelyn has five years of professional public health experience, with a background in veteran’s health, clinical research, and social epidemiology. She is passionate about translating research to create, implement, and evaluate evidence-based policies that will improve public health. In particular, she collaborates with a diverse array of researchers, advocates, and mental health practitioners through the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy to develop model policies to destigmatize the association between violence and mental illness by broadening the policy focus to proven risk factors for dangerousness.

Adelyn received a bachelor’s degree in statistics and Italian from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned a Master of Public Health with a focus in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys running, photography, and taking improv classes.

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

Vicka Chaplin (pronounced Vee-kah), 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).

Vicka is passionate about pursuing social justice, engaging in diverse collaborations, and implementing evidence-based strategies to effect change and improve public health. She focuses on evidence-based firearm policy and education, research translation, suicide prevention, and advocacy at the state and federal levels.

Vicka brings more than a decade of experience in violence prevention and mental health promotion to her work at CSGV. She has a background in counseling survivors of interpersonal violence; this experience highlighted the critical need for more effective prevention and led to a career in public health specializing in programmatic and policy-based approaches to violence prevention.

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Vicka is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned master’s degrees from Adler University in counseling psychology and the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado – Denver in public health. In addition to her public health career, she has dedicated over 800 hours of service to the Soldiers and families of the US Army.

 

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

Ari pursued a Master’s in Public Policy at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he focused on injury and violence prevention. While in graduate school, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Injury Research and Policy.

Prior to attending graduate school, 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 advocate for utilizing and implementing public health policies to reduce gun violence.

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

Lisa has served as Policy Analyst at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV) since June 2019. She spent two years as CSGV’s External Affairs Associate, from June 2016 to June 2018, before leaving to obtain her Master’s in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

At Hopkins, Lisa’s research focused on health policy, specifically injury and violence prevention. Her capstone paper explored the role of intimate partner violence in mass shootings in the United States.

During her MPH year, Lisa was a research assistant at Hopkins’ Center for Gun Policy and Research, where she worked with the country’s leading gun policy researchers. Her main areas of interest within gun violence prevention are suicide prevention and the intersection between domestic violence and firearms.

Lisa’s time at CSGV began with an internship in the summer of 2015. During her senior year of college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked with local advocacy groups to defeat a campus carry bill.

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.