David Simas

David Simas (born 1970)[1] is the CEO of the Obama Foundation[2][3] and served in Barack Obama's administration as the White House Director of Political Affairs from 2011 to 2016.[4][5]

David Simas
CEO of the Obama Foundation
Assumed office
December 19, 2016
Preceded byPosition established
White House Director of Political Affairs
In office
February 1, 2011 – December 19, 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byPatrick Gaspard
Succeeded byBill Stepien
Personal details
Born1970 (age 49–50)
Taunton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationStonehill College (BA)
Boston College (JD)

Early lifeEdit

Simas was born and raised in Taunton, Massachusetts by Portuguese immigrant parents, Antonio and Deolinda Simas.[1] Deolinda Simas lost two of her fingers in a faulty machine at the silver factory where she worked when Simas was a child. The Portuguese immigrant lawyer who worked on the case inspired Simas to become a lawyer.[3]


Simas attended Coyle and Cassidy High School and then gained a degree from Stonehill College.[1] He graduated with a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School in 1995.[4]


Simas worked as Deputy Chief of Staff to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick from 2007 until 2009. In 2009, he joined the Obama White House as a Deputy Assistant to the President, working under Senior Advisor David Axelrod.

Simas worked as director of opinion research for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign and then served as a liaison between the president and Democratic officials for two and a half years. He was appointed CEO of the Obama Foundation in December 2016.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Simas married his high school sweetheart, Shauna. They have two daughters and live in Hyde Park in Chicago.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d Perl, Peter (Summer 2014). "Meet the unflappable, unrelentingly positive David Simas". BC Law School Magazine. Boston College Law School. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Eilperin, Juliet (December 19, 2016). "White House political director David Simas joins Obama Foundation as CEO". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Bertagnoli, Lisa (May 3, 2018). "Meet the CEO of the Obama Foundation". Crain's Chicago Business. Crain Communications, Inc. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Shear, Michael D. (March 1, 2014). "Obama's new political chief tries to reassure Democrats". The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Allen, Jonathan; Parnes, Amie (2017). ""I'm sorry"". Shattered: inside Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign. New York: Crown. ISBN 9780553447095.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Gaspard
White House Director of Political Affairs
Succeeded by
Bill Stepien