Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sister Simone Campbell

The Awesome Woman of the Day for Wednesday, September 19, 2012 is Sister Simone Campbell, catholic nun, one of the Nuns on the Bus.

A brief biography of her can be found here - begin quoted matter:
Sister Simone Campbell: Biography

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.