Simone L. Ward


Simone Ward


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Simone L. Ward is the President and the CEO of SLW Strategies, a strategic political, executive coaching, training, and leadership development firm. Ward brings more than 20 years of experience and has worked on four presidential campaigns. She is the former Executive Director of the Women Effect Fund (WEF) and the Women Effect Action Fund (WEAF) fighting for economic justice. Most recently she served as the Florida State Director for Hillary for America, the largest battleground state in the country. Prior to the campaign she served as the first African American National Political Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
With a strong commitment to electing female candidates, she has served in senior leadership roles for 3 U.S. Senate candidates including Campaign Manager for the historic re-election of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving female member of Congress and first female chair of the Appropriations Committee. Ward, a four-term veteran of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the former National Constituency Director and Director of Women’s Outreach. She also served as the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC).
In 2007, Ms. Ward worked as a Senior Regional Political staffer at EMILY’s List and started her career in President Clinton's Administration at the White House. She currently sits on the board of directors for the Higher Heights for America, Democratic/Global GAIN, Family Story, End Citizens United, the Sandler Phillips Center and U.R.G.E.
Ms. Ward has served as a guest lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown, Trinity and American Universities. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

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The Atlantic
Simone Ward: A Personal Take on Politics

The DSCC's new national political director on taking a stand in high school and how she came to love politics.