Staff Bio: Stacey Long Simmons, Esq.
Stacey is the Director of Advocacy & Action at the National LGBTQ Task Force (The Task Force), the oldest national organization advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Under her leadership, the Task Force has focused on housing; reproductive issues; comprehensive immigration reform, wage and workplace issues, criminal justice reform, the restoration of voting rights, and eradicating poverty.
An avid women’s health advocate, Stacey served as the first women’s health officer for the state of Wisconsin where she managed a multi-million dollar women’s health initiative and convened four statewide women’s health conferences including the state’s first health conference for women of color.
Over the years, Stacey has volunteered her time with numerous nonprofit boards and committees including: chair of the DC Commission on Women; secretary for the board of SMYAL; and member of the national board of Pride at Work. Stacey is a Rockwood Leadership Fellow, and a 21st Century Fellow of the Pipeline Project. She received a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Vassar College; a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School; and a Nonprofit Management Executive certificate from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.