Simone Bell

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Simone Bell is the Southern Regional Director for Lambda Legal, the nation’s largest legal organization dedicated to securing the full civil rights of the LGBT community and those with HIV. She is responsible for expanding Lambda Legal's organizational reach in 10 states with a focus on public policy, development, communication and outreach.

After winning a special election in 2009, Bell became the first Black, out lesbian to serve in a state legislature in the United States, serving in Georgia from 2009 until 2015. She served on the following committees: Juvenile Justice, State Planning and Community Affairs, Human Relations and Aging, and Intragovernmental Coordination. These committees allowed her to work as a strong advocate for seniors, children and communities within District 58 and across Georgia. Bell served in several leadership positions within the legislature including Chief Deputy Whip.

Bell previously worked at Lambda Legal from 2006 to 2009 as the Southern Regional Office Outreach Associate and Volunteer Manager, in which she traveled across Georgia and the South educating communities about the need for access to affordable and quality health care, workplace equality, safe schools for all children and fighting HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. She also mobilized the LGBTQ community to work towards securing rights and policies that set standards for full equality and civil rights.  Bell worked in health care as an administrator with Emory University Health System and private physician practices and she also worked with the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative. She’s been a strong advocate for women’s rights, affordable housing, senior issues and youth empowerment for over 20 years.

Bell holds a B.A. from Agnes Scott College. She has received numerous awards for her work in community building, advocacy and organizing. She is a sought-after lecturer and presenter at colleges and conferences.