Our Staff

Scott Simpson

Public Advocacy Director

Scott Simpson serves as Muslim Advocates’ public advocacy director. Scott leads a department that leverages communications and campaigns to impact policies, news coverage, and public opinion about American Muslims.

Scott has previously served on faculty of the Howard University School of Communications and as the director of media and campaigns for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, where he directed and executed advocacy campaigns and media initiatives for a 200+ member coalition of diverse national civil rights groups, with emphases on education, voting rights, criminal justice and policing reform, immigration, fair housing, fair lending, LGBT equality, federal nominations, and more. There, he also authored reports on the state of voting rights in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby v. Holder, including “The Great Poll Closure” and “Warning Signs.”

He is the editor of two books, “Unbought and Unbossed: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition” written by Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and “From the Closet to the Courts: Expanded 30th Anniversary Edition” written by his great aunt, gay liberation leader Ruth Simpson.

Simpson has managed political campaigns in the District of Columbia and ran to represent Ward One on the State Board of Education. His is credited with being the first American campaign on-record to use the Amharic language to engage with Ethiopian-American voters. He has served as deputy press secretary to Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), an HIV test counselor and youth advocate, as president of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association and as secretary of Q Street, the association of LGBT policy advocates and lobbyists.

Simpson received a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Southeastern University and Master’s Degree in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.