Jamal Simmons

Co-Founder, CRVIII; Principal at The Raben Group; Co-Chair IIA

Jamal Simmons has spent over two decades at the nexus between politics and media and more recently technology. He helped elect Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to the presidency and has advised the White House, members of Congress, corporate, foundation and faith leaders on communications issues. Jamal was the lead interviewer for The Root 100 miniseries (2013) on Magic Johnson’s Aspire TV network; a political analyst for CBS News (2010); and a fixture on CNN during the 2008 Presidential campaign. Currently, in addition to appearing on MSNBC, CNN and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on ABC and advising clients, he is a co-founder of CRVIII /krate/, a digital platform that connects Millennial artists, innovators and entrepreneurs. He is also Co-Chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA). Jamal is an honorary board member of the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University. He enjoys writing and traveling and has been to 35 countries on five continents. He lives in Washington DC with his wife Jewel James.