Robyn Thomas

Executive Director, Giffords Law Center
  • Background Checks
  • Community Violence
  • Gun Industry
  • Litigation
  • Second Amendment

Robyn Thomas joined Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence as executive director in 2006. Robyn supervises the organization’s work drafting and defending safer gun laws, as well as educating legislators about evidence-based gun policy. Under her leadership, Giffords Law Center has advanced a robust suite of policies that are proven to be most effective in solving our nation’s gun violence epidemic.

Robyn has testified in Congress and before state and local lawmakers as an expert witness on gun laws and the American gun violence epidemic. In 2019, Robyn testified at the first House of Representatives hearing on gun violence prevention in over a decade, having previously spoken at a House hearing in 2007. Robyn spearheaded the creation of the Firearms Accountability Counsel Taskforce, a joint venture between top law firms and the gun violence prevention movement, and Giffords Law Center’s Community Violence Initiative, which aims to help save lives through a combination of community intervention strategies and gun laws.

Robyn has written about gun violence prevention for a number of publications, including the New York Times, Newsweek, Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Daily News. She regularly appears on television as a leading authority on America’s gun laws, and has been interviewed on 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, PBS NewsHour, NBC, Fox News, and more. Robyn has also been quoted widely in the media, offering her expertise to the Washington Post, USA Today, Vanity Fair, the Guardian, and NPR, among many others, and was featured in Katie Couric’s documentary Under the Gun, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Named Woman of the Year by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 2014, Robyn was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved with her family to New Jersey when she was five.

Prior to her work at Giffords Law Center, Robyn served as the executive director of the Tikkun Community and Tikkun Magazine. Before entering the nonprofit space, Robyn practiced law at Lord Bissell & Brook and Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman in New York. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Miami School of Law.

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