Edelman hires White House exec Simon for business and social purpose

Simon previously served as the director of international affairs to first lady Michelle Obama.

NEW YORK: Edelman has appointed Jennifer Simon, first lady Michelle Obama’s former director of international affairs, to serve as SVP of business and social purpose.

Simon will work with the firm’s public affairs group, and report to Freya Williams, business and social purpose practice group leader, and Brian Ellner, group head of public affairs in New York, according to an agency statement.

Prior to the White House, where she added the Let Girls Learn and Reach Higher efforts to her resume, Simon was deputy chief of staff for the US Agency for International Development. She was also a senior advisor to Ambassador Susan Rice while she was the US ambassador to the United Nations, according to Simon’s LinkedIn profile.  

Before that, Simon served as a senior advisor to Vice President Joe Biden when he was a senator and committee chairman.

Throughout her career, Simon has focused on women’s issues and empowerment, according to the statement.

Simon was not immediately available for comment.

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