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
Paul Friedman became Executive Director of VTV in 2016. A lawyer, former congressional and campaign staffer and non-profit development director for three different children’s organizations, Paul’s honored to lead an organization that emerged from the worst tragedy on a college campus in our nation’s history and is dedicated to advocating to strengthen our nation’s background check system.
Paul didn’t lose a loved one at Virginia Tech, but, while a college student, he did lose his great aunt to a gunshot during a robbery. So, he knows the searing pain of gun violence.
In 2017, under Paul’s leadership, VTV launched Campaign 32 on the 10th commemoration of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Campaign 32 is a project devoted to getting every state to submit the names of people found to be a danger to themselves or others and were committed or required to get treatment into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). VTV believes that achieving this and passing universal background check legislation would be significant steps in preventing more mass shootings.
In 2018, in PARKnership with City of Alexandria and Virginia Tech’s Alexandria-based Landscape Architecture students, Paul is proud to be creating a memorial tree grove at Chinquapin Park, next to T.C. Williams High School, to honor the victims and the survivors of the Virginia Tech tragedy. This project will be phased in over more than one year and will ultimately provide a powerful place for reflection and action.
Paul 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 and his wife, Lori, live in Alexandria, VA with their black lab mutt and three-legged tabby cat, both of which are rescue animals.
Grace worked for VTV in the summer of 2017 as an intern after experiencing the community of Virginia Tech on campus and understanding the legacy of the tragedy. She continues to work for VTV while at Virginia Tech.
Grace is working on a wide variety of matters, including research, writing, social media, and meeting with officials.
Grace is contributing her creativity and unique perspective to the organization and also adds invaluable insights due to her affiliation with the campus and as a student directly affected by issues of campus safety.