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Jamal Simmons

Democratic Strategist and Political Commentator
  • Served as traveling press secretary for two Presidential candidates and campaign communications director for Senator Max Cleland
  • Worked on several presidential campaigns, including Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 campaign
  • Regular commentator on CNN and MSNBC, former Democratic political analyst for CBS News
  • Knowledgeable speaker who draws on his extensive experience to discuss pressing political news
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Jamal Simmons is a principal at The Raben Group, a Washington, D.C. consulting firm, where he provides communications and strategic counsel to corporate and non-profit clients. During the 2010 congressional election he was the Democratic political analyst for CBS News and before that a fixture on CNN during the 2008 election. He can currently be seen commenting regularly on CNN and MSNBC.

After volunteering on campaigns while growing up in Detroit, Jamal got his professional start in presidential politics traveling with candidate Bill Clinton during his successful 1992 campaign and was a political appointee during the first Clinton Administration with U.S. Trade Representative and Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor. In 2000, he was a communications aide for Vice President Al Gore during his presidential campaign and served as a Gore spokesman in West Palm Beach, Florida during the recount. He has also served as traveling press secretary to presidential candidates Bob Graham and Wesley Clark, campaign communications director for U.S. Senator Max Cleland, chief of staff to U.S. Representative Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick and an advisor to Nevada Democrats and the Democratic National Committee for the 2008 Obama/Biden campaign.

Jamal planned events for the Clinton White House in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, and has represented major corporations in China and Latin America. He worked on the 2004We Are the Future charity concert with Quincy Jones in Rome and Al Gore's Live Earth concert in Hamburg, Germany in 2007. He was a French American Foundation 2009-10 Young Leader and former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A graduate of Morehouse College, where he received the Presidential Award of Distinction in 2009, Jamal has a master in public policy degree from Harvard University. He is an honorary trustee of the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation in his native Detroit and his views and opinions have been featured in several major publications such as GQ Magazine, the New York Times and Politico.

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