Alexandra P. Sims
Alexandra P. Sims believes that one's birthplace and economic status should not disproportionately determine one's life journey. Her career path has taught her that real change can be brought about when there is synergy and empathy of aligned purposes among all public affairs sectors: private, government, philanthropy and strong grassroots organizing. These forces working in coordination can create the “great leveler” intended by the country’s founding principles.
“Alex” came to Chicago by way of Metro Detroit, to attend Northwestern University, where she majored in social and educational policy. She graduated with honors in 2010 and reaffirmed her belief in the power of democracy and the commitment to advocating for the marginalized and undeserved.
Having been awarded a prestigious CORO Fellowship following graduation, Alex was assigned by the CORO program to serve in the St. Louis, Missouri area and on completion of the program, followed her passion for educating and inspiring students and accepted the role of Vice Principal in a progressive school located in north St. Louis.
Motivated by President Barack Obama’s education and social policies, Alex was appointed to head his 2012 Presidential Campaign for the St. Louis region re-election effort. Following President Obama’s historic victory, Alex continued as a State Coordinator with Organizing for Action (OFA), and relocated to the Chicago headquarters. It was there that she more fully recognized the importance of voting rights and parlayed that invaluable experience and growing expertise towards founding the Chicago-based Every Vote Counts. As its first Executive Director, she directed the registration of over 120,000 voters in (4) four months - the largest voter registration campaign in the country that year.
As the Campaign Manager for Kurt Summers 2014 race for Chicago City Treasurer, she directed Treasurer Summers' broad and impactful platform.
Once elected, Alex was named Senior Advisor for the Treasurer’s Office and helped advance an aggressive and strategic agenda of financial equity and access. Their documented and widely lauded initiative called “Chicago’s 77” – visiting 77 neighborhoods in 77 days, aided the passing of landmark legislation for improved tax payer investments, developed constituent communication program, and served as liaison for all levels of government and political influencers.
The recent establishment of APS and Associates, distills the remarkable skills and talents Alex has honed and the launch of her firm will provide vast proficiency to a variety of clients in governmental affairs, grassroots organizing, non-profit and political strategizing.
To date, those partners include JB Pritzker, Kurt Summers, Kim Foxx, Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus, Bill Lowry, The Obama Foundation, Ichor Strategies, and more.
Rachel F. Hoge
Executive Vice President
Driven by the values of social justice and equity, Rachel Hoge brings to APS & Associates over a decade of experience in fundraising, strategy, & communications across the nonprofit, governmental, and political sectors. A passionate and loyal leader, Rachel’s project management strategically builds capacity for teams. She operates with optimism, and her training in anti-oppressive practices helps to elicit respectful dialogue and inclusive decision-making. Rachel is skilled at using data and tracking to communicate progress and ROI for APS clients.
Rachel’s career began in the nonprofit sector at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, working in corporate development and overseeing the Leadership Giving portfolio in the Major Gifts department. She then spent several years serving in executive leadership roles at direct-service organizations focused on violence prevention and youth development on Chicago’s West Side. As an Associate Director, Rachel supervised development and programmatic staff, while growing organizational revenueand leading strategic planning efforts. In 2016, Rachel launched her own consulting firm, Hoge Strategies, where her client work included: Political Fundraising and Operations for former Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers; Development Lead for Special Olympics International’s 50th Anniversary Celebration;Development Consulting for Gun Violence Prevention PAC; Fundraising Support for 40th Ward Committeewoman Maggie O’Keefe; and Operations Director for Kim Foxx’s re-election campaign for Cook County State’s Attorney. At APS & Associates, Rachel currently leads the Political Operations and Fundraising for Cook County Commissioner Bill Lowry, as well as the Communications and Outreach for Cook County’s 3rdDistrict Office.
Rachel is a regular volunteer for Democratic candidates across the country, most recently for President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign. She is a long-time supporter of New Leaders Council, a national organization dedicated to training and supporting the next generation of progressive leaders. She served on the organization’s Diversity Committee, the Chicago Advisory Board, and is a former National Board Member. Rachel is a vocal advocate for racial justice and is a proud member of the LGBTQ community.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. Originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Rachel currently resides in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood with her husband Giancarlo, their daughter Vivienne, cat Leia, and dog Kylo.
As a believer in the true power and compassion of humanity, Sean’s mission is to help effect change so that peace, sustainability, and innovation become the foundations of our global society. In this season of life, he helps advance liberating thinking by communicating the need for change and shifting public narratives.
Sean brings more than a decade of communications, marketing, and political campaign experience to APS & Associates, where he leads an array of accounts across the political, nonprofit, and private sectors.
Before joining APS & Associates, Sean was the communications director for the Office of Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch of the Illinois House of Representatives. He was responsible for the strategic communications planning of the Speaker and House Democratic Caucus and led a staff that handled the communications strategies and content development for the House Democratic Caucus, sub-caucuses, and members.
Before staffing the Illinois House, Sean was a principal at Kivvit, a national public affairs and communications firm. He managed clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to government agencies, coalition campaigns, nonprofits, and social impact initiatives. For these accounts, he provided strategic counsel on public affairs and organizational strategy while managing key work streams such as message development, political analysis, community organizing, crisis communications, and paid media.
Other forms of Sean’s professional and civic engagement include working at World Business Chicago, staffing candidates for office, being a fellow of the Black Bench Chicago and the New Leaders Council, and serving as a board member for several organizations.
After growing up between Markham and Naperville, IL, Sean graduated from Roosevelt University with a BSBA in management and organizational development. He currently lives in Chicago's South Loop and spends his free time dining at his favorite restaurants, going on long walks or bike rides, and growing his sense of spirituality and faith.
Anthony Driver is a lifelong southside resident, Bulls fan, and a seasoned political strategist. Politically active since his youth, Anthony has experience in municipal, state, and federal politics as well as in both the private and public sectors. He is a graduate of Howard University and an advocate for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. After receiving his degree in Political Science and History from Howard, Anthony went on to serve as a Policy Associate for the Estell Group, the first and only Black woman-owned full-service government relations firm at the national level. He later would hold research and consultant roles that examined the juvenile incarceration rates in the US and how they are influenced by state policy.
In his most recent role, Anthony served as lead strategist on winning campaigns that raised the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Chicago and created a Civilian Oversight Board over the Chicago Police Department. Using a combination of skills and relationships developed as a lobbyist and strategist, Anthony has successfully secured over $100 million in federal and municipal funds to be redirected to support marginalized and disinvested communities. He has worked to successfully build bridges between residents and the local, state, and federal officials elected to serve them, as well as to increase African American voter turnout. With several electoral campaign victories under his belt, he is looking forward to contributing to building a more just and representative society in Chicago and beyond. He is a former Chicago Federation of Labor Delegate, an inaugural Black Bench Cohort member and serves as a board member of the Peace and Education Coalition of the Back of the Yards.
Public Affairs Associate
The son of a community organizer and union laborer, Charles is a lifelong South Side of Chicago resident who has always been engaged in the community process. He has worked steadfast to improve the quality of life for communities of color across the city.
As a CPS graduate of Kenwood Academy High School, he graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree. When Charles came home, he did community reporting for the South East Observer, a neighborhood newspaper covering every community from South Chicago to Hegewisch.
During this same time he hosted “Exchange Idea’s,” a community discussion forum in the South Shore community. The goal of “Exchange Idea’s” was to facilitate honest conversations about economic development, housing, and policy between the community, elected, and government representatives.
Charles has worked on countless political campaigns over the years, recently working as an organizer for both the Elizabeth Warren for President campaign and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. His commitment to community organizing at the political level is what sets him apart from his peers.
Charles formerly served as a board member for The Planning Coalition, a community organization in South Shore, and as an Associate Board member for Growing Home, an urban agriculture organization based in Englewood.
Because of his commitment to service, Charles has hosted several back-to-school events and donated to multiple organizations. He is a past member of the Rainbow Park Advisory Council and active with the community policing program, CAPS.
Before politics, Charles worked for the Becoming A Man (BAM) program which focuses on social, emotional benchmarks and clinical counseling for young men of color in Chicago.
With a dream of living in a socially just world, Julia has committed her social, educational, and professional trajectories to the foundation of social justice. As a political science graduate of Kalamazoo College, she understands that formal academia would be futile without the prerequisites of community and love. Professionally, Julia has had experience working on Capitol Hill and working with social justice nonprofits, where she primarily focused on event planning and community engagement. Socially, Julia co-founded a grassroots mutual aid organization in Detroit which is operated by a coalition of everyday people who seek to improve the conditions of the world and ultimately rectify systemic oppression.
Carter Sims is a creative and visionary professional skilled in producing high-quality content for a variety of social media platforms. Throughout his career, he has been recognized as an exceptional communicator, with notable collaboration with cross-functional teams to lead multi-platform campaigns, blending compelling visual storytelling with consistent branding to create cohesive brand messages and marketing images. Carter has a track record of success of consistently infusing a creative spark, leveraging digital media, and creative-thinking methodologies to deliver quality marketing projects. Armed with formal education, extensive experiences, and innate knowledge of modern and emerging technologies, he is uniquely poised to make meaningful contributions to the growth of an organization.