Monday, December 8, 2014
6 -7 PM Cocktail Reception
7 -9 PM Dinner and Program
McDermott Will & Emery
The McDermott Building
500 N. Capitol St. N.W., 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Please contact Director of Development, Chelsea White, at if you are interested in purchasing a table.
State Senator A. Donald McEachin is a graduate of American University and the University Of Virginia School Of Law. In May of 2008, he received his Masters of Divinity degree from Samuel Proctor Theological Seminary at Virginia Union University. more »
State Senator A. Donald McEachin is a graduate of American University and the University Of Virginia School Of Law. In May of 2008, he received his Masters of Divinity degree from Samuel Proctor Theological Seminary at Virginia Union University.
After practicing with Browder, Russell, Morris and Butcher and Morris and Morris in Richmond, he opened a law firm with the Gee brothers, McEachin and Gee. In 2001, Senator McEachin founded his own law firm, the McEachin Law Firm on Broad Street in Richmond before rejoining with his partner, Donald Gee, in 2006. The McEachin Gee Law Firm has successfully assisted many Virginians achieve the resources they need after accidents or injury. He has always stood up for working Virginians, families and children in need.
Senator McEachin is very active in the community, and is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the NAACP, the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been appointed to several boards and commissions.
Back in 1996, Senator McEachin was first elected to public office, to the Virginia House of Delegates. He served until 2001 when he gave up his seat to run for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. In a tough field of candidates, Donald won a resounding victory. Although he was not successful in the fall election, his participation on the ticket was a contributing factor to the victory of former Governor Warner. Then, in 2005, he was re-elected to his former seat in the House of Delegates. He was gratified that people remembered his hard work and dedication of years past and voted him their representative.
In 2007, Senator McEachin was elected to the Virginia State Senate with an overwhelming victory. Re-elected in 2011, Senator McEachin was honored by his colleagues and elected as Senate Democratic caucus Chair. In the State Senate, he is proud to be a leader in non-discrimination, environmental protection, women’s rights, energy efficiency, public education and job creation.
The Senator and his lovely wife Colette are the parents of three wonderful children. They live in Henrico County. Colette is also an attorney with extensive experience, presently working in the Richmond City Commonwealth’s attorney’s office. « less
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner represents the East Bay cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond. Skinner currently Chair’s the Assembly Budget Committee and previously served as Chair of the Rules Committee. more »
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner represents the East Bay cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and
Richmond. Skinner currently Chair’s the Assembly Budget Committee and previously served as
Chair of the Rules Committee. Skinner successfully authored three measures to prevent gun
violence. To correct a loophole in California’s assault weapons ban, Skinner’s AB 48 banned the
purchase and sale of ammunition magazine kits used to convert guns into assault-style weapons.
Her AB 1131 lengthens the gun ownership prohibition on those who make a credible threat of
violence and expedites reporting of mental health information to the Department of Justice. AB
1014, introduced in the wake of the Isla Vista shootings, established a gun violence restraining
order to remove guns from those who threaten to commit violence to themselves or others.
Skinner was active in social justice and environmental issues from her start in UC Berkeley’s student government, as a leader in the anti-Apartheid movement and a founder of the union representing teaching assistants. While a student she was elected to the Berkeley City Council and later to the Board of the East Bay Regional Park District. She co- founded Local Governments for Sustainability, an international association of cities and directed that organization’s Cities for Climate Protection Campaign. Prior to her 2008 election to the California State Assembly she served as US Director of The Climate Group working with Fortune 500 CEOs, state and national leaders. In addition to gun violence prevention, Skinner’s successful legislation includes California’s requiring Amazon and other internet retailers collect sales tax. « less
Hilary 0. Shelton, presently serves as the Vice President for Advocacy/Director to the NAACP’s Washington Bureau. The Washington Bureau is the Federal legislative and national public policy division of the over 500,000- member, 2,200-membership unit, national civil rights organization. more »
Hilary 0. Shelton, presently serves as the Vice President for Advocacy/Director to the NAACP’s Washington Bureau. The Washington Bureau is the Federal legislative and national public policy division of the over 500,000- member, 2,200-membership unit, national civil rights organization. In this capacity, Hilary is responsible for advocating the federal public policy issue agenda of the oldest, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization in the United States to the U.S. Government. Hilary's government affairs portfolio includes crucial issues such as affirmative action, equal employment protection, access to quality education, stopping gun violence, ending racial profiling, abolition of the death penalty, access to comprehensive healthcare, voting rights protection, federal sentencing reform and a host of civil rights enforcement, expansion and protection issues.
Hilary serves on a number of national boards of directors including, The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, The Center for Democratic Renewal, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute among many others.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a family of six brothers and sisters, Hilary holds degrees in political science, communications, and legal studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C., the University of Missouri in St. Louis, and Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, respectively.
Hilary presently lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Paula Young Shelton and their three sons, masters Caleb Wesley, Aaron Joshua, and Noah Ottis Young Shelton. « less
Kitty Kelley is an internationally acclaimed writer, whose bestselling biographies focus on some of the most influential and powerful personalities of the last 50 years. Kelley’s last five biographies have been number one on the New York Times best seller list. more »
Kitty Kelley is an internationally acclaimed writer, whose bestselling biographies focus on some of the most influential and powerful personalities of the last 50 years. Kelley’s last five biographies have been number one on the New York Times best seller list.
Kelley is also the author of Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of The Kennedys and Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the March on Washington.
Known for her exhaustive research and the years dedicated to each biography subject, Kelley’s His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra (1986) was called “the most eye-opening celebrity biography of our time” by William Safire of the New York Times. She has been honored by her peers with such awards as the 2005 PEN Oakland Censorship Award and the Outstanding Author Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for her “courageous writing on popular culture.” She has received the Medal of Merit from the Lotos Club of New York City and was selected by Vanity Fair magazine for its Hall of Fame as part of the “Media Decade.”
In 1993, Brandeis University National Women’s committee established a major book collection at the university in her honor. That same year, she was invited to debate at Oxford University; the premise: “This House Believes That Men Are Still More Equal Than Women.” She led her team to a 143-78 victory. In 1998, she spoke to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The subject: “Public Figures: Are Their Private Lives Fair Game for the Press?” In 1999, the University of Washington named Kitty Kelley as one of 100 of “The Most Famous, Fascinating and Influential Alumni of the Past 100 Years.”
Kelley has generously advanced a number of important humanitarian causes, with a particular emphasis on literacy and press freedoms. In 1987 she was honored with the Phillip M. Stern Award for her “Outstanding service to writers and the writing profession.”
A long-time resident of Georgetown in Washington DC, Kelley began as a press assistant to a U.S. Senator then worked for two years as the editorial page researcher for the Washington Post. As an active member of the DC community she was named one of the most influential people in private Washington by Regardie’s magazine in an article entitled “The Power Elite” and one of the 20 “Georgetowners of the Century” by the Georgetowner newspaper.
Kelley has worked as a full-time freelance writer for more than 30 years. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, Ladies Home Journal, The New Republic, McCall’s, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The American Scholar. « less
Joshua Horwitz, J.D., has spent 25 years as the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. He sees his role as looking around the next corner to develop innovative new ideas and strategies for the gun violence prevention movement. more »
Joshua Horwitz, J.D., has spent 25 years as the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. He sees his role as looking around the next corner to develop innovative new ideas and strategies for the gun violence prevention movement.
He has managed dozens of issue campaigns and testified before the U.S. Congress and a number of state and local legislative bodies. Following the Supreme Court's controversial D.C. v. Heller decision in 2008, Josh helped the District of Columbia rewrite its laws to comply with the ruling and protect public safety. Those laws have withstood several legal challenges from the gun lobby. Josh has also represented victims and municipalities in lawsuits against the gun industry, most notably in the case of Ileto v. Glock.
His advocacy was also instrumental in enacting a first-of-its-kind microstamping law in California in 2007. This revolutionary technology allows law enforcement to trace guns from expended cartridge casings left at crime scenes. In 2013, Josh founded 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. This work has resulted in an executive order by President Barack Obama mandating that those subject to outpatient commitment orders be prohibited from possessing firearms and new legislation in California establishing a Gun Violence Restraining Order.
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. His publications include opinion pieces in major newspapers, The Huffington Post, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and various legal journals as well as a book he co-authored, Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea, that was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2009. « less
Mike Beard has been the President of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence since its inception in 1974. Mike has represented the Coalition in numerous national and local newspaper, magazine, television and radio interviews. more »
Mike Beard has been the President of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence since its inception in 1974. Mike has represented the Coalition in numerous national and local newspaper, magazine, television and radio interviews. His comments, editorials, and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post,Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Campaigns and Elections. He has been featured on NBC’s Nightly News, CNN International, MSNBC Morning News, Fox Television News, Voice of America Radio, The Jim Bohanan Show and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Mike has testified on firearms issues before the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He has also been profiled inBeacham’s Guide to Lobbyists, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.
Before coming to the Coalition, 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. He resides in the District of Columbia where he and his wife have raised their two children.
In addition to his work at the Coalition, he is currently a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. « less
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is a 501(c)(4) organization that was founded in 1974. We seek to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.
Our organizational structure is unique among national gun violence prevention organizations. CSGV is composed of 47 national organizations working to reduce gun violence. Our coalition members include religious organizations, child welfare advocates, public health professionals, and social justice organizations. This diversity of member organizations allows us to reach a wide variety of grassroots constituencies who share our vision of non-violence.
For too long, progress on life-saving gun reforms has been stalemated by legislative gridlock. Our politicians, intimidated by the political power of the National Rifle Association, have refused to act in the wake of tragedy after tragedy. CSGV has a three-part strategy to break this gridlock:
CSGV's guiding principle is simple. We believe that all Americans have a right to live in communities free from gun violence.