Jamal Simmons has spent over two decades at the nexus between politics, media, and more recently, technology. He helped elect Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to the presidency and has advised the White House, members of Congress, the Cabinet and corporate, foundation, and faith leaders on communications issues. He specializes in communications strategy, third party engagement and strategic counsel.
A regular guest on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos during the 2016 election, Jamal was the lead interviewer for The Root 100 miniseries (2013) on Magic Johnson’s Aspire TV network; a political analyst for CBS News (2010); and a fixture on CNN during the 2008 Presidential campaign. Currently, in addition to advising clients at the Raben Group he can be seen regularly on MSNBC and CNN. He has written for The New York Times, US News & World Report and Politico, among other print and digital outlets.
Jamal is an honorary board member of the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University. He enjoys writing and traveling and has been to 35 countries on five continents. A native Detroiter, he now lives in Washington DC with his wife Jewel James.
- DNC Communications Advisor for the Obama Presidential Campaign
- Aide to USTR and Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor
- Regular Commentator on CNN during 2008 Presidential Primaries