Sister Simone Campbell, the executive director of NETWORK and organizer for the "Nuns on the Bus" tour, will address Saint Louis University's School of Public Health graduates at the School's precommencement ceremony on Friday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier College Church.
Sister Campbell is well-known as an electrifying speaker, who addresses the health needs of the underserved with passion. She is a religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy. She is currently the Executive Director of NETWORK - a national Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington, D.C.
During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous "nuns' letter" supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters to sign on. The "nuns' letter" was cited by many as critically important in passing the Affordable Care Act. She was thanked by President Barack Obama and invited to the ceremony celebrating its being signed into law.
In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the "Nuns on the Bus" tour of nine states to raise the visibility of the needs of the poor and disabled in the U.S. "Nuns on the Bus" received the attention across the nation among religious communities, elected officials and the media.
Prior to taking her position at NETWORK, Sister Campbell served as the Executive Director of JERICHO, the California interfaith public policy organization that protects the interests of people living in poverty. Simone also participated in a delegation of religious leaders to Iraq in December 2002, just prior to the war, and was later (while at NETWORK) part of a Catholic Relief Services delegation to Lebanon and Syria to study the Iraqi refugee situation there.
Before JERICHO, Sister Campbell served as the general director of her religious community, the Sisters of Social Service. She was the leader of her Sisters in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan and the Philippines. In this capacity, she negotiated with government and religious leaders in each of these countries. In 1978, Simone founded and served for 18 years as the lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland, California. She served the family law and probate needs of the working poor of her county. Sister Campbell received her B.A. (Sociology) from Mount Saint Mary's College, and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis.
Saint Louis University School of Public Health Precommencement Ceremony