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.
Neeha joined APS & Associates in fall of 2017 as a Fellow after graduating from Kalamazoo College in 2017 with a major in Political Science, minor in Economics, and concentration in Environmental Studies. Today, she serves as Deputy Director of APS & Associates and brings experience and passion for community engagement, research, and policy with the Team. With her strong knowledge of global politics, economics, governments, and communities, Neeha supports and manages daily operations, research, and communications for clients. Neeha also brings knowledge from advocacy positions with Kalamazoo Loves & Fishes, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation, and the Long Island Health Collaborative. These roles taught her the importance of engaging with communities in a thoughtful & intentional manner.
Recently, Neeha completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration, with a specialization in Global Studies from Northwestern University. Additionally, she serves on the Ambassador Board for Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology’s Foretell project. Aside from discussing current events, Neeha enjoys playing the clarinet with the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band and baking treats for her friends & family.
Community Engagement Consultant
A seasoned organizer, Ronnie Mosley has created wins on local and national levels for issues like Gun Violence Prevention, Education Reform, Youth Health, Voting Rights and Entrepreneurship. Over ten years of professional experiences ranging from community outreach to intergovernmental affairs, he has proven his abilities to navigate through challenges and build an infrastructure effectively towards an organization’s goals.
His accomplishments include:
- Coordinated successful campaigns that blocked harmful state legislation, won workers’ rights, elected a Mayor, State Legislators, Governor, U.S. President and influenced the confirmation of a U.S. Surgeon General nomination;
- Founded a national network of organizers that works to prevent gun violence and reform the U.S. criminal justice system;
- Organized events on behalf of the White House under the Obama Administration, and its cabinet departments;
- Interviewed sitting U.S. Senators and Congressman on national platforms;
- Written editorials on social issues for national blogs and local newspapers;
- Featured on media outlets like CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera and DBC
In 2017, Ronnie co-founded Homegrown Strategy Group, a policy and organizing firm that believes in the power of community and in the idea that achievement comes through collective effort. It is there that he serves as Founding Partner and have managed clients that ranged from the JB Pritzker for Governor Campaign to the Obama Foundation.
Ronnie was elected to the Local School Council of Simeon Career Academy and John W. Cook Elementary. He also serves on the board of Mikva Challenge.
A native of the Southside of Chicago, IL, Ronnie completed his studies at Simeon Career Academy and Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA).
He resides with his wife in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Chicago and is a proud son and brother.
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.