I have dedicated myself to community service since I was a kid. As a student at Upper Moreland High School, I was school president and state lieutenant governor of the Key Club, a service organization. In college and beyond, I volunteered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters as a fundraiser and big sister. I’ve spent evenings and weekends stuffing envelopes for the National Abortion Rights Action League, making calls for Planned Parenthood and guiding visitors at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
When my husband died of gun suicide 10 years ago, I found myself on the receiving end of my community’s care and generosity. Friends, neighbors and complete strangers showed up for my family in every possible way. It became my mission to make something good come from my family’s tragedy. Through the Everytown Survivor Network and Moms Demand Action, I connected with other gun violence survivors and activists, and learned to advocate publicly for common sense gun legislation and cultural change. I now lobby legislators in Harrisburg and Washington, and speak to media and national audiences on gun violence prevention.
Now I serve my community as an elected member of Jenkintown’s Borough Council, where I chair the Fire Commission and the Public Safety Committee. I also serve on the Administration and Finance and Building, Zoning and Revitalization committees.
I was born in Abington Hospital, the youngest of Norma and Jack Lugar’s four daughters. My mom grew up in Oreland and played flute in the marching band at Springfield High School. I received my degree in journalism and political science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I live in Jenkintown with my 18-year-old activist daughter, Julia, and our rescue dog, Gibbs. My daughter Emily is a registered nurse in Florida.