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Giffords Expert

James Willard

Deputy Engagement Director, GIFFORDS
James Willard is the deputy engagement director at GIFFORDS, joining the team in 2018 as a founding member of the Engagement team. James develops and implements campaigns to build the organization’s coalition of gun violence prevention advocates across the country. He leads GIFFORDS’ relationships with survivors and prioritizes the voices of people most impacted by gun violence.

Prior to joining GIFFORDS, James was a project manager at Peak XV Global Events, a Visitors Office intern in President Obama’s White House, and a special projects manager at Organizing for Action. James holds a BS in political science from Central Michigan University.