Rachael Joseph
Survivors Lead, Executive Director

Rachael got involved in the gun reform movement after her aunt Shelley was murdered in the courthouse shooting at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, MN on September 29th, 2003. The shooter had purchased a gun for $60 through a private sale at a gun show with no background check required by state law.

Rachael is a former Survivor Engagement Lead with Mayors Against Illegal Guns/Everytown for Gun Safety and former Director of Outreach and Communications at Protect Minnesota, both gun violence prevention groups. She currently volunteers at Lucy Craft Laney elementary, serves on the Board of Directors at the Minnesota Alliance on Crime, the Advisory Board for the Women’s March, the Board of Directors at Art is My Weapon MN, and is the current Advocacy Director at Women Against the Violence Epidemic (WAVE). Rachael has a background in electoral politics as a former volunteer for Senator Paul Wellstone, former Field Organizer for Representative Raymond Dehn's Mayoral campaign, former Campaign Manager for Neighbors for Sara Freeman, former Communications Director for Paul Thissen for Governor and Campaign Manager for Representative Jim Davnie. Rachael founded Survivors Lead with the philosophy that gun reform will be achieved through a more representative government by electing public servants that are also trauma survivors.