Raana Simmons is a sexual violence and safety expert focused on translating specialist
language to manage programmatic and government affairs priorities, develop trusted
relationships, and deliver policy outcomes that meaningfully respond to public concerns. She
has spent the last 15-years working in the gender-based violence field, including serving as a
legislative strategist to pass first-in-the-nation policies that advance survivors justice. Simmons
holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from the
University of North Florida, and a master’s degree in Public Administration with a dual concentration
in Program Management & Policy Development and Gender-Based Violence from the University of