Dan Gross took on the role of President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in February 2012. Since that time, he has brought a renewed energy and focus to the organization, and the gun violence prevention movement, through mobilizing hundreds of thousands of new activists and applying his communications expertise to reframing the national conversation. He has worked closely with leaders in Washington, DC, and around the country, to create real change by harnessing the voice and energy of nearly one million Brady Campaign members and supporters.
Dan came to the Brady Campaign as one of the foremost leaders in the gun violence prevention movement, having co-founded and directed the Center to Prevent Youth Violence (formerly PAX). Since 1998, the CPYV has provided innovative public health and safety programs such as the ASKing Saves Kids and SPEAK UP. These trailblazing initiatives are designed to protect children from the dangers of guns in the home, at school, and in the community. Under Dan's leadership CPYV has emerged as the largest non-political gun violence prevention organization in the U.S., having raised more than $20 million in support of its programs. Dan founded CPYV after his brother was severely wounded in a shooting at the Empire State Building in February 1997.
Prior to co-founding and directing the Center to Prevent Youth Violence, Dan was the youngest-ever partner at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, managing accounts such as Kodak, Lipton, and Warner Lambert. Dan launched his advertising career at Lintas after earning a B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in economics, with honors, from Tulane University in New Orleans.