Kris Brown, Co-President
Kris Brown serves as Brady's Co-President, helping to shape the strategic focus and direction of Brady's campaigns, and ensuring the successful coordination of Brady's critical national and field assets to achieve our goals. In this role, Kris serves as a member of the Executive Management Team and directly oversees the policy, organizing and communications functions. Kris started her career on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Jim Moran (on issues including gun violence prevention), before earning her law degree at George Mason School of Law and working on regulatory and complex commercial litigation for many years at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Most recently, Kris served as the Chief Legal & Administrative Officer to a publicly traded airline services company based in Switzerland, where she provided strategic oversight and direction to the legal, risk, communications and marketing functions as a member of the Executive Management Board during a high growth phase for the company. In addition to her long record of involvement in working on gun violence prevention policy, Kris brings considerable strategic management and functional expertise to Brady and to her role as Co-President.
Avery W. Gardiner, Co-President
Avery W. Gardiner serves as Co-President of Brady. Ms. Gardiner is a nationally recognized expert in and speaker about gun violence prevention. She has been profiled in the New York Times and interviewed in numerous media outlets, including print media, national news, and radio. Ms. Gardiner was previously the Chief Legal Officer of Brady.
Previously, she worked as a lawyer with Verizon Communications Inc., where she focused on antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, and government regulatory issues. Earlier in her career, Ms. Gardiner practiced law at two private law firms, served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust at the United States Department of Justice, and worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. She did her undergraduate work in Economics at Harvard and received her graduate degree from Harvard Law School, both with honors.
Ms. Gardiner has served on several non-profit boards. She lives in Washington, DC with her two daughters.
Jonathan E. Lowy, Vice President, Legal Action Project
Jonathan E. Lowy is the Vice President, Legal Action Project, at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Since 1997 Jon has argued in courts across the country to reduce gun violence, providing pro bono legal representation to victims of gun violence in lawsuits to reform dangerous gun industry practices, and assisting governments and public officials in defense of reasonable gun laws. Jon has litigated gun-related cases in over 30 states, successfully arguing several precedent-setting cases establishing gun industry liability and Second Amendment law, obtaining several multi-million dollar settlements, and reforming gun industry practices. Jon has been named one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon magazine for the past 5 years, and has published numerous articles on gun litigation and policy including, The Right Not To Be Shot: Public Safety, Private Guns, and the Constellation of Constitutional Liberties in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Policy. He graduated from Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Robert Disney, Vice President, Organizing
Robert Bowers Disney comes to Brady from the Writers Guild of America. He began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa and continued his overseas work with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees where he oversaw refugee camp operations. Upon returning to the US, he helped manage the Peace Corp's response to the 2004 tsunami in southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In 2007, he left the chaos of international disaster assistance for the serene world of American politics. He moved to Nevada with the Democratic Party to oversee preparations for the Presidential Caucus and the 2008 election. Since then, Robert has served as the Senior Regional Representative for the Sierra Club in Nevada where he ran issue advocacy campaigns and the Political Outreach Representative for the Writers Guild of America, which represents writers in television and film.
Bindu Macchiavello, Vice President, Finance
Bindu Macchiavello is the Director of Finance for Brady. She is responsible for implementing and managing financial-related activities across the organization which includes financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, financial systems management, accounting and treasury operations. Prior to joining Brady, Bindu was the Director of Financial Management and Business Operations at AARP where she established, managed and enhanced financial processes and was responsible for a $500M expense budget. Previously, Bindu was the Manager of Treasury Operations at US Airways where she developed processes to manage $11 billion in domestic and international cash transactions. Bindu is a CPA and has an MBA in Finance from George Washington University and a BS in Accounting from George Mason University.
Janet Stone, Director of Partnerships
Janet Stone is director of partnerships at The Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Janet earned her B.A. from Tulane University and her M.B.A. from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. After starting her career in media planning at FCB and then as a product manager at Unilever, Janet has achieved over 15 years of experience in nonprofit and for-profit sectors in marketing and business development including as Divisional Director, Ad Sales Marketing, with Discovery Networks and immediately prior to Brady as director of development and marketing at The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center –THEARC--in southeast Washington, D.C. Janet lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three children.
Brian Lemek, Vice President of Development
Brian Lemek serves as Brady's Vice President of Development, working closely with the Co-Presidents and Board leadership to design and execute a strategic fundraising plan that meets and exceeds Brady's financial needs.
Brian is an experienced organizational leader with 15 years of international and domestic expertise at the intersection of philanthropy and social change. Brian most recently served as the Director of Development and Global Partnerships at PeacePlayers International, where he managed a unified global development team working across five countries. Previously, he served as a Vice President with CSS Fundraising, a leading strategic consulting firm, where, among other endeavors, he designed sophisticated capital campaign strategies resulting in significant philanthropic commitments for client organizations.
Brian earned his BA from Colgate University and his MBA from Babson College. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and three daughters.