Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004, is a
religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public
policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on
issues of peace building, health care, comprehensive immigration reform
and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and
educator on these public policy issues.
Prior to coming to
NETWORK, Simone served as the Executive Director of JERICHO, the
California interfaith public policy organization that works like NETWORK
to protect the interests of people who are poor. Simone also
participated in a delegation of religious leaders to Iraq in December
2002, just prior to the invasion and on a delegation to Syria and
Lebanon in January 2008 to experience the Iraqi refugee crisis. Since
returning, she has spoken and written extensively on her experiences.
Before JERICHO, Simone served as the general director of her religious
community, the Sisters of Social Service. She was the leader of her
Sisters in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan and the Philippines. In
this capacity, she negotiated with government and religious leaders in
each of these countries.
In 1978, Simone founded and served for
18 years as the lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland,
California. She served the family law and probate needs of the working
poor of her county.
Simone has her J.D. from the University of
California at Davis where she was an editor of the law review. Her B.A.
is from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, CA, where she graduated
with honors. (end quoted matter).
I apologize if she has been
profiled before; I know we’ve posted articles about the Nuns on the Bus
and their opposition to Paul Ryan’s budget.