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.
In her six years at the Alliance she has led the organization to become the leading state-based gun violence prevention organization in the country; passing three ballot initiatives, electing a gun violence prevention majority in the state legislature, working with systems partners to develop best practice models for implementing gun laws, and passing state laws that put Washington state at the forefront of suicide prevention and domestic violence laws as they relate to firearms. She was named one of Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People in 2021.
Prior to joining the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Renée served as the founding Executive Director of the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) for 14 years, working on ground-breaking juvenile justice reform in King County and with homeless youth in Eastern Washington.
Renee has experienced the scourge of gun violence first-hand including the tragic loss of her brother Arnie in a school shooting in 1996. Twenty-five years later, Renee reflected on her trauma in this OpEd in the Spokesman Review.
A lifelong native of Washington state, Renée lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter. She serves on multiple boards working toward safe and healthy communities that embrace prevention, restorative justice, and criminal justice reform. When not working, she can be found traveling, enjoying the outdoors or reading a good book.