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Sandy Hook Promise Announces New Chief Advocacy Officer

Lauren Levin to rejoin nation’s leading school safety and gun violence prevention organization

NEWTOWN, Conn. – Sandy Hook Promise, the preeminent national school safety and gun violence prevention organization, is excited to welcome Lauren Levin as the new Chief Advocacy Officer (CAO). She rejoined the organization this summer, most recently serving as the senior vice president, Policy & Partnerships, from 2016 – 2022.

“We are so thrilled to welcome Lauren back to Sandy Hook Promise,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and CEO of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. “Lauren is a policy powerhouse and a strong leader. We are confident that her skills and experience will help us continue to bring about necessary legislative change to prevent gun violence and makes schools and communities safer, ultimately, saving lives.”

Levin brings a diverse breadth of policy experience to her new position, previously working for four members of Congress between 2009 and 2014, before becoming Policy Director for The Kennedy Forum. She then joined Sandy Hook Promise in 2016, where she built the Action Fund team, working to pass legislation that helps prevent gun violence, advance school safety, and support youth mental health. Levin led the organization’s state and federal initiatives, including writing and passing the STOP School Violence Act, which makes critical funding available to school districts, states, and tribes to implement evidence-based, early-intervention school programs to prevent violence before a weapon ever enters a school environment. Levin also served as sponsor of Sandy Hook Promise’s first REDI (Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Committee to ensure an equitable and inclusive environment for all of the organization’s employees.

“I could not be more excited to return to Sandy Hook Promise and join our Executive Leadership team as the new Chief Advocacy Officer,” said Levin. “The organization’s mission of gun violence prevention is one that is near and dear to my heart, and I look forward to again working with such a dedicated team to advance that mission through policy changes at both the state and federal levels.

Levin currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children. She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and business management from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in public policy from The George Washington University.


Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) envisions a future where all children are free from school shootings and other acts of violence. As a national nonprofit organization, SHP’s mission is to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes, and communities. Creators of the life-saving, evidence-informed “Know the Signs” prevention programs, SHP teaches the warning signs of someone who may be in crisis, socially isolated, or at-risk of hurting themselves or others and how to get help. SHP also advances school safety, youth mental health, and responsible gun ownership at the state and federal levels through nonpartisan policy and partnerships. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. 

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