Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. The online conversation turned into grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with more than three million supporters. In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, the nation’s leading organization for recruiting and training women to run for office and she is the board chair for Rise to Run, a new organization focused on training and encouraging progressive high school girls and college-aged women to run for office.

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