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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - Evening Program
An Evening with Symone Sanders
Symone D. Sanders

The national press secretary for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, Symone Sanders offers practical advice for engaging in meaningful policy reforms. Drawing on her experience on the national stage to provide analysis on political and social issues, she challenges the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements.

Symone D. Sanders is a strategist, communications consultant, CNN political commentator, and served as a spring 2018 Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School. Sanders rose to prominence during her tenure as the national press secretary for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. Only 25 at the time, Sanders demonstrated a command of the issues earning her a place in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record and a spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election.

However, Sanders was not new to presidential politics. When she was 16, she introduced former President Bill Clinton at a luncheon in Omaha, Nebraska. Following her remarks, President Clinton said, “Symone spoke so well I really hate to follow her.” President Clinton went on to write about Sanders in his book, “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.”

Sanders has been featured on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, BET, TV One and CNN. She has been profiled in the Washington Post, the New Yorker, ESSENCE Magazine, and ELLE.

Sanders is currently principal of the 360 Group, LLC. where she provides strategic communications guidance to organizations, businesses, individuals, campaigns and candidates and helps clients find sound solutions to difficult political and social problems. Sanders has also been selected to serve as one of USC Dornsife's 2019 Fellows.