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At the helm of Project Unloaded is Nina Vinik, a 20-year veteran of the gun violence prevention movement. Nina leads a team of experts in social media, youth mobilization, culture change, corporate engagement, and gun violence all working towards a simple but bold goal: Stop the myth that more guns make us safer and empower the next generation to end our nation’s gun violence crisis.
Essential to Project Unloaded’s work is its inspiring youth council, which is a driving force behind the organization’s social media presence and digital campaigns. Also key to our work is our steering committee, which is made up of experts in youth engagement, social impact marketing, and violence prevention, stands behind us with support and counsel. Learn about them below.

Project Unloaded's founder, Nina Vinik, smiling.

Nina Vinik

Founder and Executive Director

Two members of Project Unloaded's youth council sitting at a table speaking to a staff member.

Our Staff

Taylor Maxwell

Director of Marketing and Communications

Olivia Brown

Program Manager

Malavika Kannan

Digital and Organizing Associate

Layla Danley

Development Director

Steering Committee

*Indicates members of Project Unloaded’s Board

Eric Asche

Potential Energy

David Brotherton*

The Kendeda Fund

Tim Daly

The Joyce Foundation

Marcie Eberhart

American Eagle Outfitters Foundation

Derrick Feldmann


Deborah Gillespie*

DGCB Group

Shira Goodman*

Anti-Defamation League

Matthew Hogenmiller

Renee Hopkins

Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Anastasia Khoo

Erika Soto Lamb

MTV Entertainment Studios at
Paramount Global

Dr. Selwyn Rogers

University of Chicago Medicine

Tracey Meares

Yale Law School

Dr. Garen Wintemute

University of California, Davis

Dr. Selwyn Rogers

University of Chicago Medicine