Kyleanne Hunter joins gun violence prevention organization as new Vice President of Programs
Washington, D.C., April 24, 2018 - Prominent gun violence prevention advocate and Marine Corps veteran Kyleanne Hunter joined the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence today, coming aboard the organization as the new Vice President of Programs. Hunter brings a lifetime of service as a combat veteran, Congressional staffer, and co-founder of Vets for Gun Reform.
In addition to her 12 years of active service as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, Hunter is an expert in international politics and diplomacy. She currently serves on the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services, and was a founding member of the Women in Service Change Initiative.
"I am delighted to be joining such an accomplished and storied institution as Brady," stated Hunter. "As a former member of the National Rifle Association myself, I have seen firsthand how the gun lobby has turned from an organization dedicated to promoting sportsmanship to one that is solely focused on selling more and more guns at any cost. And as a Marine, I know what an assault weapon is made for and what it is capable of - and I know that weapons of war do not belong in places of peace."
Hunter is also an accomplished academic and university instructor, and was named the 2017 Peace Researcher at the Joan B. Kroc School of International Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego's Women Peacemaker Program. She is finishing her PhD at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.
"Kyleanne brings a unique perspective to our work, and we are lucky to have her voice," said Brady co-president Kris Brown. "Her efforts will have a profound impact, not just inside Brady, but throughout the country. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her."
Hunter will oversee overarching strategy and day-to-day management of Brady's various programs, including expanding Brady background checks, cracking down on gun dealers violating federal and state law, and educating the public on the risks of having unsecured guns in the home.
"It's not often you have the chance to bring someone into your organization who has already co-founded a successful initiative, and we could not be more excited to have her working with us," added Brady co-president Avery Gardiner. "Kyleanne's background speaks for itself, but when she's in the same room with you, you realize how someone could accomplish such a remarkable scope of work. We can't wait to see what she does at Brady."
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.