Paul Friedman is the founder and Executive Director of Safer Country, a gun violence prevention non-profit focused on keeping guns out of unsafe hands. He is inspired by the memory of this great aunt, Elizabeth Shulkin, who was shot and killed in her hotel room in Florida on December 1, 1981, days after having had lunch with her.
Of note, one of Elizabeth’s brothers, and Paul’s great uncle, the Hon. Sam Friedman, was the subject of the 2017 movie, Marshall, about the criminal defense of Joseph Spell in 1940-41, which had the input of Thurgood Marshall. It was a highly celebrated victory which advanced the civil rights movement.
Prior to Safer Country, Paul served as Executive Director of the Virginia Tech Victims (VTV) Family Outreach Foundation, during which time he worked with the City of Alexandria and Virginia Tech’s local graduate schools to create a tree grove in Chinquapin Park to honor the victims and survivors of the April 16, 2007 massacre.
Paul graduated with a B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University and a J.D. from New York Law School. In 1987, Paul moved to Washington, DC, worked on Capitol Hill. In 1988, he worked for Paul Simon for President and the Dukakis/Bentsen campaign. In 1990, he was elected Chair of the Ward 6 Democrats and became the PAC Director for Environmental Action, where he wrote that year’s Dirty Dozen. Towards the end of 1991, Paul married his lovely wife, Lori, moved to Alexandria, and got involved in local politics and community causes.
Paul moved on to work in the non-profit world for the State of Israel Bonds and then three different children’s organizations as Director of Development. In 2015, prior to joining VTV, Paul served as Mark Levine’s political consultant in his victorious effort to run for Delegate. Recently, he was elected to serve as a Joe Biden Delegate to the 8th Congressional District Convention and, there, as the Alternate Biden Delegate to the National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.