Safiya Jafari Simmons is a Media and Communications Strategist with a heart for developing creative media and public relations strategies for clients who are mission-focused and purpose-passionate. In addition to being founder of the Leap Luncheon Series™, she is the CEO and Chief Strategist of SJS Consulting, a media and communications strategy firm in Washington, DC, and a faith blogger at RadicalNewU.com With nearly 15 years of communications experience spanning traditional journalism, social media and community engagement, Safiya has a passion for developing, elevating, and amplifying stories. She served as Media Manager for the White House's United State of Women Summit, which welcomed more than 5000 attendees and 500 members of the press. Currently, she's a communications consultant to the Center for Policing Equity, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, and others. Previously she served as Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus; Partner at Values Partnerships, Inc.; Press Secretary to U. S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and a part of the Oversight Committee press team; National Media and Communications Strategist for Save The Children's Campaign for Healthy Kids; the Center for Global Policy Solutions; and spokeswoman for former Chancellor Michelle Rhee and DC Public Schools. She's done media strategy and communications work for Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge; former presidential advisor Joshua DuBois; as a subcontractor for the A+E and Lifetime networks, Ms. Cicely Tyson, Ms. Vanessa Williams, KeKe Palmer, Blair Underwood; and a number of thought leaders, nonprofits and think tanks. Safiya is a Trustee on the Lehigh University Board of Trustees; a Young Alumni Trustee on the Lehigh University Alumni Association; member of ColorComm; and founder of the Leap Luncheon Series™. She's also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Hailing from Richmond, VA, Safiya earned her BA in Journalism from Lehigh University and a Masters in Writing Studies from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She now calls Laurel, MD, home with her husband Enrique, a DC police officer, and their three children.