Summit Speaker Announcement: AMES SIMMONS
We are delighted to announce Ames Simmons as a conversation panelist for the 2021 NC Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Summit!
Ames Simmons (Policy Director, Equality North Carolina) is a queer white trans man serving as Equality NC’s Policy Director and as Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School. He provides vision and strategic direction for Equality NC’s policy and advocacy agenda with the North Carolina General Assembly and the state’s executive branch and administrative agencies. He also works with local governments and federal policymakers to achieve Equality NC’s mission of health, equity and safety for all LGBTQ North Carolinians. His work is rooted in community-based efforts prioritizing anti-violence, anti- oppression and transgender justice.
Ames attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, and Emory University Law School, where he earned a juris doctor degree. He previously served for almost two decades as in-house counsel at a healthcare consulting company based in Atlanta. Ames is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Georgia. He also serves on Legal Aid of NC’s Local Advisory Committee in Durham, and the North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on Fairness and Equity.
Conversation title: “Building a Bridge for Gender Justice: A Conversation Beyond the Binary.”