The Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation is a small but mighty team supported by amazing fellows, interns, partners, vendors, and volunteers.
Renée Hopkins, CEO
As CEO for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Renée oversees the development and execution of the Alliance’s strategic plan for its 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and electoral activities. Prior to joining the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Renée served as Executive Director of the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) for 12 years. A lifelong native of Washington state, Renée lives in West Seattle with her husband and daughter. When not working, she can be found skiing or hiking with her family or reading in front of the fire. Read more about Renée.
Ame Esterline, Operations Manager
Ame joined the Alliance for Gun Responsibility in 2016 during the I-1491 campaign, Washington’s Extreme Risk Protection Order law. She brings over 15 years experience in operations management, publishing, and communications roles to the Alliance. In her current role, Ame oversees our finance teams, budget planning, and operations processes. She is a member of the leadership team and works closely with the communications staff. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Ame has lived all over the country and came to Seattle in the summer of 2014. When not at work, she can generally be found carrying on conversations with and posting photos of her four cats: Coconut, Cosmo, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Monkey. She sometimes chats with her husband Jeff, too. Email Ame.
Brandy Grant, Program Manager Advocacy and Implementation
Brandy brings over 15 years of experience in both mental health, direct service, program development, and outreach, across the lifespan in both Washington and Oklahoma. In her role here at the Alliance she is strengthening community engagement and partnerships that are more geographically diverse amongst students and adults who are most impacted by gun violence. Reaching beyond organizations and looking towards schools, faith-based organizations, and community-based groups for further impact and awareness around civic engagement and gun laws. When she is not working to prevent gun violence, she can be found with her family and watching her son play basketball. Email Brandy.
Dylan O’Connor, Advocacy Coordinator
Dylan began his time with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility as an intern during the 2018 legislative session. Since then, he has served as the Field Director on the Yes On 1639 campaign, and now as our Advocacy Coordinator supervising volunteer outreach and engagement; as well as our regional chapter team program. A passionate and dedicated activist, Dylan has worked to promote democracy and human rights at both the local and international level. When not working to prevent gun violence, Dylan can be found creating music in his studio or reading science fiction. Email Dylan.
Kristen Ellingboe, Communications Manager
Kristen comes to the Alliance for Gun Responsibility after doing communications and advocacy work for a wide range of progressive campaigns and non-profits at both the national and state level. In 2018, she was brought on as Communications Director for the Yes On 1639 Campaign and has since joined the Alliance where she oversees all things communications. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kristen can now be found in Seattle working very hard to keep her plants alive. Email Kristen.
Logan Rysemus, Advocacy Organizer
Logan started with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility as a team member that worked to pass I-1639 in 2018. Post campaign, Logan became the Advocacy Organizer for the Alliance, joining the Advocacy Team in all things field and grassroots activism. In his spare time, Logan is a dedicated activist who works to help improve our prison system, environmental protections, and LGBTQIA/women’s rights. He currently lives in Seattle with his English Bulldog, Willow, and attends Seattle University pursuing a MPA. Email Logan.
Maureen McGregor, Strategic Engagement Director
Maureen has spent her entire career working on progressive issues like gender equality and the environment. In 2018, she was part of the campaign team that helped pass I-1639 and in 2019 she joined the Alliance as the Strategic Engagement Director. In this role, she works to manage our online presence and heads up our fundraising strategies. When not working, she can be found in Ballard with her family and amazing book club! Email Maureen.
Sean Kent, Graphic Designer
Sean joined the Alliance for Gun Responsibility during the I-594 campaign. Initially in the role of a communications intern, he assisted with I-594’s social media efforts. Later, in a fully-fledged communications designer role, he produced social media graphics, collateral and web-media content for various Alliance efforts and interests. Sean has contributed to the creation of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility as an identifiable and trusted brand in the gun violence prevention sphere, whether it’s the c3, c4 or PAC arms of the organization. Sean has helped craft the Alliance’s brand narrative of firearm responsibility and community engagement. Email Sean.
Shelby Kremenich, Finance Associate
Shelby joined the Alliance for Gun Responsibility in 2019, after working on various progressive, local political campaigns and initiatives. In 2018 she managed a State Senate campaign in Whatcom County, and this was her first time working with the Alliance, seeking to elect a candidate that supports commonsense gun legislation. In her role, Shelby plans events and helps with all things finance, to ensure the Alliance can keep working to end the gun violence crisis. In her spare time, she can be found hiking or kickboxing. Email Shelby.
Stephanie was the first staff hire of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility in the summer of 2013 where she served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Initiative 594, which expanded background checks in our state. After the first campaign she helped transition the organization to legislative and electoral work and to bring on the first Executive Director, Renee Hopkins.
In 2016, Stephanie ran the 1491 campaign and led our ongoing commitment to political and electoral work, supporting candidates who champion gun violence prevention. Today, she continues to help steer our electoral work through the Victory Fund PAC and supports general strategy of the Alliance. Email Stephanie.
Tallman Trask, Policy and Advocacy Director
Tallman first joined the Alliance for Gun Responsibility in 2014. While filling a variety of communications roles, he helped pass Initiative 594, which expanded background checks in our state, and Initiative 1491, which established Washington’s Extreme Risk Protection Order law. Following brief stints working with national gun violence prevention organizations and local progressive campaigns, he returned to the Alliance in 2018 to help guide policy development and the Initiative 1639 campaign. A native Washingtonian, he lives in Seattle with his son, an ornery black cat, and far too much campaign memorabilia. Email Tallman.