Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress announced Nick Wilson as senior director for Gun Violence Prevention. In this role, he will lead the organization’s efforts to reduce gun violence and promote safe and just communities. As senior director, he will help execute CAP’s efforts to reduce gun violence and increase oversight of the gun industry; increase investment in community-based violence intervention solutions to improve public health and safety; advance equity and accountability with the criminal justice system; and build an effective national coalition of gun violence prevention allies and organizations to make meaningful change.
Prior to joining CAP, Wilson served as associate director of Policy, Planning, and Coordination at the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement. In addition to researching gun violence at nonprofits in Los Angeles and New York, he was the executive director of States United to Prevent Gun Violence and the Maine Gun Safety Coalition. He earned a degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
“This is a pivotal moment for the gun violence prevention movement. After decades of no meaningful response to soaring gun violence—the primary driver of rising violent crime nationwide—Congress is finally demonstrating a willingness to agree on basic, sensible gun safety measures. Under Nick’s leadership, CAP will continue its commitment of ensuring this moment isn’t fleeting but rather the first step in a relentless campaign to reduce the daily toll of gun violence and fight back against dangerous policies that are making communities less safe.” said Patrick Gaspard, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress. “Nick brings vast experience crafting and implementing gun violence prevention policies and public safety measures that are responsive to communities’ unique needs. His expertise will be invaluable to CAP’s efforts at this critical moment to ensure elected officials finally and comprehensively address America’s gun violence epidemic.”
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