Director of Transgender Policy
Ames Simmons is Equality NC’s Director of Transgender Policy. He attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, where he obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, and Emory University Law School where be obtained a juris doctor degree.
Ames is Equality NC’s lobbyist at the North Carolina General Assembly and identifies, advises staff, and advocates for public policy on priority issues affecting the transgender community. Ames serves as a resource to connect trans and gender non-conforming people in North Carolina with resources via community engagement and public education and outreach. He previously served for almost two decades as in-house counsel at a healthcare consulting company based in Atlanta.
Ames serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Campaign, where his priorities included service on the Healthcare Equality Index National Advisory Council. His policy activism emphasizes diversity and inclusion with focus on transgender justice. He has spoken at large companies including Delta Airlines and Turner Broadcasting on transgender inclusion.