Ariel Simms

President & CEO, RespectAbility

Ariel Simms (she/her or they/them) is a queer and multiply disabled social justice advocate and educator who works to promote equity, justice, and meaningful inclusion of marginalized communities. They currently lead The Arc of the United States' equity work as the Director of Access, Equity, & Inclusion, ensuring that The Arc's advocacy is intersectional and responsive to the needs of multiply marginalized communities. Simms also leads Chapter Growth & Affiliate Relations, bringing on new and supporting existing chapters of The Arc and nonprofit associate members across the country. In addition to these roles, Simms is a Scholar in Residence with the Philosophy & Religion Department of American University, where Simms teaches Human Rights & Disability and Disability Law & Ethics. Simms also serves on the Board of Directors for the Disability Rights Bar Association. Ariel completed their Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School.