Our Team

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

Our Board of Directors

Jackie Barden

Board Director

Family Member whose son was killed on 12.14.12; Pawling School District, Educator, Pawling, NY

Mark Barden

Co-founder, CEO of Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, and Board Director

Family Member whose son, Dylan, was killed on 12.14.12

Dr. Colleen Barry

Board Director

Inaugural Dean, Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, Ithaca, NY

Matt Bennett

Board Vice Chair

Third Way, Co-founder and SVP for Public Affairs, Washington, DC

Joe Cassidy

Board Treasurer

Retired Tax Executive, General Electric Company, Norwalk, CT

Karen Freeman-Wilson

Board Director

President & CEO Chicago Urban League, Chicago, IL

Nicole Hockley

Co-founder, CEO of Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, and Board Director

Family Member whose son, Dylan, was killed on 12.14.12

Bradley Myles

Board Secretary

Senior Advisor for Innovation, Panorama Global, Washington, DC

Michael A. Nutter

Board Director

Michael A. Nutter Advisors, LLC; Former Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Dr. Jillian Peterson

Board Director

Professor, Hamlin University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Bill Sherlach

Co-founder and Board Chair

Family Member whose wife was killed on 12.14.12; Raymond James, Sr. Vice-President, Trumbull, CT

Kenny Thompson, Jr.

Board Director

Vice President, External Affairs North America, PepsiCo, Washington, DC

Peter Willner, Ed.D.

Board Director

Founder, Integrated Executive Management, Inc., Fairfield, CT

Our Team

Calandrian Kemp

Manager, State Policy

Liz Murphy

Vice President, Federal Policy & Partnerships

Nalini Ramachandran​

Director, National Engagement

Natalie Tietjen

Senior Manager, Federal Policy

Aurora Vasquez​

Vice President, State Policy & Engagement

Join the Team

Visit the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation Careers Page to learn about open positions. 

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