David Simas is the Chief Executive Officer of the Obama Foundation. A native of Taunton, Massachusetts, Simas was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2007.
Simas joined the Obama Administration in 2009 as a Deputy Assistant to the President, working with senior advisors David Axelrod and David Plouffe. Simas then served as Director of Opinion Research for President Obama’s reelection in 2012. Following the reelection, he returned to the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. Simas holds a B.A. in political science from Stonehill College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Shauna, and their two daughters.