The idea for Million Kids March began as a post on Facebook, the day after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. David S. Bennahum, a parent of two kids ages five and three, posted a message to his friends saying that if you really wanted to change gun policies in America, “one would organize A MILLION CHILD MARCH on Washington.” The response was immediately positive-- “It’s a great idea!” one person wrote. Friends from around the country quickly offered to help get it organized. So 10 minutes a later a Facebook Page was created, and David invited his friends to “like” it.
In two hours there were 600 “likes.” In two days there were over 3,000! It was clear that people everywhere wanted to turn their grief into action.
After just three days and with the help of several of David’s friends on Facebook, we wrote a mission statement, established a web site, and have begun to inspire a million kids to march on Washington for sensible gun policies.
Please meet our volunteers!
David S. Bennahum
David’s “day job” is running a software company called Punch, which enables the creation of Apps for smartphones and tablets, without the need to program. In addition to having a passion for starting and running new media companies, David was one of the original writers with Wired magazine. He has two young children and lives in New York City.
Jen Bluestein is the Communications Director at EMILY's List. Jen has spent almost fifteen years in the political, non-profit, and media sectors. Prior to joining EMILY's List, Jen spent four years at Teach For America, leading a team that created a culture of political action and civic engagement among Teach For America’s more than 30,000 corps members and alumni.
Patricia is currently a nonprofit consultant in New York with more than 25 years of expertise in resource development, strategic planning, marketing and research, advising high net worth donors, event/conference production, fundraising campaigns, community organizing, and technical assistance; with experience in nonprofit, entrepreneurial and philanthropic settings. Most recently she worked at the Gill Foundation producing their highly regarded OutGivingconferences. In the height of the AIDS epidemic in the late 80’s she served as director of special events for Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and then went on to run her own successful fundraising and events company (PEP). Throughout career she has raised more than $150 million for progressive organizations and candidates.
Emily is the new media director at EMILY’s List. Lockwood has worked in new media since 2003 working for government, political and non-profit organizations and has been with EMILY's List as Internet Director since 2008. Emily joined EMILY's List after serving as the deputy internet director for online organizing on Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
David is a Creative Director and designer based in New York, with experience in both digital and traditional communications. With a strong foundation in fundamental design principles and best-practices, David specializes in integrated brand identity and interactive design and development, creating strategy-driven solutions for renowned brands, leading agencies and those just starting out. You can view his work at Martian Design.
Chantell is an attorney in the Denver office of Hogan Lovells, advising clients on government regulation and legislative matters with an overall focus on public law. Chantell has extensive experience in campaign finance and political law. She has also advised nonprofit organizations on obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, corporate governance, employment matters, lobbying and political activities. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Chantell worked for a national network of nonprofit organizations as in-house general counsel.
Kristen is a book publishing professional with eighteen years of experience in the young adult and children’s book markets. She is currently a freelance editor for major publishing houses, and founder of a social media and event-planning consultancy with a focus on helping small businesses. Most importantly, she is a mother to two girls, aged one and three.