The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence Leadership Change | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence Leadership Change

Fact Sheet

September 6, 2017

On September 6, 2017, The Board of Trustees announced it had appointed Kristin Brown and Avery Gardiner, Co-Presidents of the Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence. This leadership change underscores the urgency of the organization's mission to cut gun deaths in half by 2025. Already members of the Brady executive team, Brown and Gardiner bring extensive strategic and legal expertise to dynamically lead Brady and its campaigns.


Brady is at a critical time in our movement. The events unfolding on the national landscape require dynamic and strategic leaders in Washington to manage our campaigns. The Board is convinced that this management team based in Washington has the experience, know-how and determination to move the organization forward and lead this great community of gun violence prevention advocates.


As always, The Brady Campaign & Center focus is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. We are excited to have Kristin Brown and Avery Gardiner lead this mission and take an even stronger position in Washington. During this critical time when gun violence remains a central issue impacting all of our communities, they will pursue a renewed focus on Brady's three campaigns:

  • (i) expand and protect the Brady background check system;
  • (ii) shut down or reform the small number of bad apple gun dealers that supply the vast majority of our nation's crime guns and
  • (iii) change the cultural perception that a gun in the home makes you safer;

Background of New Leadership

Kristin Brown was previously the Brady Campaign's Chief Strategy Officer. She began her tenure at Brady as the National Policy Director and has a corporate, policy and legal background, having worked on Capitol Hill for more than 8 years where gun violence prevention and public health were among her chief policy issues. Brown served for many years as a member of the Executive Management Board and Chief Legal Officer to a global logistics/airline services company based in Switzerland and, prior to that, represented companies in complex litigation and restructuring cases at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Avery Gardiner was previously the Brady Center's Chief Legal Officer. She has been responsible for shaping and driving the organization's legal strategy, as well as providing legal advice to all of the organization's departments. She brings extensive litigation and strategic experience to the Brady Center, having litigated and provided strategic advice as a lawyer for a Fortune 15 telecommunications company and at the United States Department of Justice in addition to past roles at major national law firms.

Brady's immediate past president, Dan Gross will remain with the organization to assist with the transition.

The appointment is effective immediately.