Conor Casey, former executive director for the Vermont Democratic Party, has joined the gun-violence prevention organization GunSense Vermont as its executive director. Casey began his career in the office of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and brings with him over 15 years of public policy experience in Vermont.
“GunSense Vermont was looking for an executive director who cares deeply about gun violence prevention and is also well versed in Vermont politics and policy,” said Laura Subin, a member of the organization’s board. “We needed someone who would be ready to hit the ground running. Conor is that person.”
Casey is currently serving his second term on the Montpelier City Council, where he sits on the Investment Committee and the Homelessness Task Force. He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston and holds a master’s degree in communication from Dublin City University in Ireland. He also consults with numerous statewide elected officials, candidates, nonprofits and labor unions.
Casey has also organized for the National Education Association affiliates in both Vermont and Connecticut, where he lobbied on gun violence legislation following the Sandy Hook Tragedy.
Founded in 2012, GunSense Vermont works with local and national organizations, students and survivors using evidence-based practices to advocate for laws that reduce gun violence in Vermont. GunSense’s nonprofit arm, the GunSense Vermont Education Fund, informs and educates Vermont residents on all aspects of gun violence, including suicide, homicide, intimidation and domestic violence. It works to promote and facilitate civic engagement to reduce the impact of gun violence on Vermont residents.