|CEO of the Obama Foundation|
|Assumed office |
December 19, 2016
|Preceded by||Position established|
|White House Director of Political Affairs|
February 1, 2011 – December 19, 2016
|Preceded by||Patrick Gaspard|
|Succeeded by||Bill Stepien|
|Born||1970 (age 49–50)|
Taunton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Stonehill College (BA)|
Boston College (JD)
Simas was born and raised in Taunton, Massachusetts by Portuguese immigrant parents, Antonio and Deolinda Simas. 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.
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.
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- Allen, Jonathan; Parnes, Amie (2017). ""I'm sorry"". Shattered: inside Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign. New York: Crown. ISBN 9780553447095.
| White House Director of Political Affairs