Vicki Kennedy Biography:
Victoria Reggie Kennedy is the President and co-founder of Common Sense about Kids and Guns, a non-profit, non-partisan organization created to address the serious crisis of gun deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Common Sense has joined with a diverse group of allies to raise public awareness about gun safety and the dangers of unsupervised access to guns by children.
Mrs. Kennedy is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, where she chairs the Board's Program and Strategic Planning Committee. She has served on the Board of Stop Handgun Violence in Boston, Massachusetts and has served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Annual Day of National Concern about young People and Gun Violence.
Mrs. Kennedy has been a regular lecturer at the American University Washington Semester Program, highlighting the public policy issues surrounding gun violence prevention and encouraging college students to become involved on their communities. She has also participated in the First Monday Program sponsored by the Alliance for Justice and speaks and writes on the issue of gun violence prevention.
In addition to her work on gun violence prevention, Mrs. Kennedy is a member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of the Maret School, an independent school in Washington, DC that educates children from Kindergarten through Grade 12.
She also works with organizations in both Massachusetts and the District of Columbia on other issues relating to women, children and families, including homelessness, economic opportunity, health care, education, domestic violence, and involvement in the political process.
Mrs. Kennedy received her undergraduate degree, a B.A. magna cum laude, from Newcomb College of Tulane University, in New Orleans, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and other honor societies and was involved in student government. She was graduated summa cum laude from the Tulane Law School in 1979, where she was an editor of the Tulane Law Review and was inducted in the Order of the Coif.
In May 1998, Mrs. Kennedy received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Suffolk University Law School in Boston for her service to her community.
Together, Mrs. Kennedy and her husband, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, have five children - including two teenagers - and four grandchildren.
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