John Simpkins

John works with the entire MDC team to set strategy and engage with partners and the public around the urgent challenge of eliminating disparities to build a South where all people can thrive. Before joining MDC in 2020, John held various leadership roles in efforts to promote equity, access, and inclusion at the state, national, and international level. A constitutional scholar and practicing attorney, John served in the Obama Administration as deputy general counsel for the White House Office of Management and Budget and general counsel for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is a Senior Lecturer at Duke Law School and is a member of the Liberty Fellowship, a program in the Aspen Global Leadership Network dedicated to moving South Carolina forward.