About Us

Based in Newtown, Connecticut, our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation by providing programs and practices that protect children from gun violence.

By uniting people of all beliefs and backgrounds who value the protection of children to take meaningful actions in their homes and communities, we will prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life.

OUR MISSION

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Prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child.

"I promise to do all I can to protect children from gun violence by encouraging and supporting solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities "

Our Approach

Build a national movement of parents, schools and community organizations engaged and empowered to deliver gun violence prevention programs and mobilize for the passage of sensible state and national policy.
We will accomplish this by:

1. Building A National Base by attracting, educating and engaging parents, schools and community organizations to join SHP through social media, advertising, speaking engagements, major events and initiatives.

2. Organizing at a Community Level by identifying, training and empowering volunteer “Promise Leaders” to raise awareness, educate and deliver programs to help prevent gun violence in their community.

3. Developing and Delivering Mental Health & Wellness Programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals and gun safety practices that ensure firearms are kept safe and secure.

4. Advocating for State and Federal Policy by mobilizing and leveraging our national base and Promise Leaders for the passage of sensible mental health & wellness and gun
safety laws.

Our Impact

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830,000+

EDUCATORS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY-LEADERS & STUDENTS TRAINED ON OUR PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES

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700,000+

SUPPORTERS FROM 50 STATES HAVE MADE THE PROMISE TO HELP PROTECT CHILDREN BY PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE

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1100+

PROMISE LEADERS RAISING AWARENESS AND DELIVERING OUR PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES

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Our Team

Sandy Hook Promise is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a talented staff of seasoned professionals:

Mark Barden
Founder and Managing Director
His son, Daniel was killed on 12.14
Nicole Hockley
Founder and Managing Director
Managing Director at Sandy Hook Promise. Mother of Dylan Hockley, killed in Sandy Hook shooting. Make the Promise at http://t.co/JkM2FK6tnE.
Tim Makris
Founder and Managing Director
Co-Founder of Sandy Hook Promise Term of office: March 2013 – March 2016
James Belden
Founder and Operations Director
Co-Founder of Sandy Hook Promise
Paula Fynboh
National Field Director
Sarah Malich
Program Manager
Joe Tyrian
Finance Director
Carol Wolf
Senior Development Manager
Alexa Tomassi
Social Media Manager
Leda O'Callaghan
Bookkeeper
Sandra Lopez
Ohio Organizer
Betsy Gaier
Office Manager
Lauren Alfred
Policy and Partnership Director
Annie Stephens
Ohio Organizer

Our Board

Sandy Hook Promise Foundation Board of Directors

SHP has established an overlapping, but not identical, Board of Directors and Officers for both the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation and the Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund.

Lori Bertman
President and CEO, Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, Baton Rouge, LA
Term of office: December 2013 – December 2016
Paul Lundquist
Managing Partner, YouGov, Newtown, CT
Co-Founder of Sandy Hook Promise Term of office: December 2013 – December 2016
Tim Makris
Founder and Managing Director
Co-Founder of Sandy Hook Promise Term of office: March 2013 – March 2016
Bill Sherlach
Morgan Stanley, Vice President
Financial Advisor, Monroe, CT Family Member whose wife Mary was killed on 12.14 Term of office: December 2013 – December 2016
David Wheeler
Peter Pauper Press, Designer, White Plains, NY
Family Member whose son Ben was killed on 12.14 Term of office: December 2013 – December 2016

SHP Action Fund Board of Directors

Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund is a separate C4 organization that advocates for the passage of sensible gun violence prevention policy at a State and Federal level in the areas of mental health, mental wellness and gun safety. Activities include researching effective actions, educating legislators and constituents and lobbying for the passage of policy.

James Belden
Founder and Operations Director
Co-Founder of Sandy Hook Promise
Monte Frank
Principal, Cohen & Wolf, Danbury, CT
Paul Lundquist
Managing Partner, YouGov, Newtown, CT
Co-Founder of Sandy Hook Promise Term of office: December 2013 – December 2016
Tim Makris
Founder and Managing Director
Co-Founder of Sandy Hook Promise Term of office: March 2013 – March 2016