A Taunton Massachusetts native, David Simas received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stonehill College and received his JD from Boston College Law School. In 2007, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. In 2009, Simas joined the Obama Administration as a Deputy Assistant to the President working with senior advisors David Axelrod and David Plouffe. Mr. Simas then served as Director of Opinion Research for President Obama’s re-election. Following the re-election, he returned to the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. Currently, Simas serves as the CEO of the Chicago-based Obama Presidential Foundation. He lives in Washington with his wife Shauna and two daughters, Payton and Rowan.