Executive Staffing

Experienced, dedicated and influential, our staff members apply expertise from across multiple disciplines to maximize the potential of VTV Family Outreach Foundation.

Paul A. Friedman

Executive Director

Paul Friedman is a lawyer who brings to VTV his experience as a congressional staffer, campaign staffer and manager, and fundraiser for nonprofit charities and political organizations.

Paul is honored to lead an organization that emerged from the worst tragedy on a college campus in our nation’s history and is dedicated to promoting the benefits of diversity within our society and advocating for campus safety.

He earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

Paul has felt the painful loss of a loved one due to gun violence.  While a college student, he lost his great-aunt to a gunshot during a robbery just days after having met her for lunch.

From his personal experience, Paul is sensitive to the impact of violence in our nation and on our college campuses, its aftermath, and the long-term trauma care needed by victims.  As well, Paul is prepared to confront the sources of fear and anger in our society.

Paul and his wife, Lori, live in Alexandria, VA with their black lab mutt and three-legged tabby cat, both of which are rescue animals.

Mary Bernier

Operations & Program Manager

VTV welcomes Mary Bernier as the new VTV Operations & Program Manager. Mary has a BA (French, Political Science) from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, and a MA (International Transactions) from George Mason University. She brings more than 25 years of administrative, operations, and program management experience in the fields of international development, education abroad, higher education, and work experience with for profit and non-profit organizations. Mary lived, traveled and worked in over 13 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, and speaks French.