Jamal Simmons is a well known political analyst and frequent television commentator. He was seen regularly supporting Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination on CNN and MSNBC during the 2008 presidential primaries and caucuses. The night Obama won the Democratic nomination, CNN — with Simmons as part of the team — won the highest ratings among every cable and broadcast network. With an extensive background in Democratic politics and international affairs his views and opinions have been featured in major publications such as GQ Magazine, the New York Times, International Herald Tribune and USA Today.
|Jamal Simmons’ analysis of Michelle Obama’s Speech
|Jamal Simmons interviews Sen. Harry Reid
Simmons got his start in presidential politics traveling with candidate Bill Clinton during his successful 1992 campaign and was a political appointee during the first Clinton Administration. 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 two primary presidential campaigns, communications director for a U.S. Senator, chief of staff to a member of Congress and media advisor to a successful campaign for Congress in 2006. Among other things, he is currently an advisor to the Democratic National Committee for the 2008 presidential general election campaign.
Simmons’ international experience is extensive. He coordinated logistics for President Clinton and Vice President Gore in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean and has represented major corporations in China and Latin America. He worked on the We Are the Future charity concert with Quincy Jones in Rome in 2004 and Al Gore’s Live Earth concert in Hamburg, Germany in 2007. He has also traveled abroad with the French American Foundation and German Marshall Fund and is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
A graduate of Morehouse College, Simmons received a Masters degree in public policy from Harvard University and is currently the president of New Future Communications, a Washington, DC consulting firm.