The Political Moment
Seasoned political strategist, former CNN political commentator, and author Symone Sanders Townsend offers in-depth analysis of today’s most important issues from her unique perspective as former Press Secretary for both the Sanders and Biden presidential campaigns and her time in the Biden-Harris White House. Sanders Townsend offers vitalizing takeaways that engage as well as inform.
Navigating Controversy and Building DEI Culture
Seasoned political strategist, former CNN political commentator, and communications expert Symone Sanders Townsend offers actionable insights about message management during times of conflict, navigating controversy, and building culture that is rooted in meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion. Sanders Townsend advocates for transparency and radical change in an authentic conversation that will be transformative for individuals, companies, and organizations.
Washington insider Symone Sanders Townsend interprets what's happening on the campaign trail and what it means for your business or organization
Seasoned political strategist, former CNN political commentator, and author SYMONE SANDERS TOWNSEND leverages her platform as the host of MSNBC’s SYMONE to shape culture surrounding politics today. Her work is particularly poignant surrounding election cycles, where her experience in politics clearly comes into play. Not only was Sanders Townsend the youngest-ever national press secretary for a presidential campaign, she also served as a senior advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris. By analyzing the biggest cultural events of today, Symone uses her work as an advisor to shape our understanding of today’s political playing field.
With Washington insider perspectives and a bold interview style, Sanders Townsend is undeniably a powerhouse of contemporary politics and media. The Biden administration alum draws on her thought leadership as a resident fellow of both Harvard's Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School and the University of Southern California's Center for the Political Future to bring forward perspectives shaping both the private and public sector. Her ability to both break down policy for ubiquitous understanding and engage important voices in industry provides a guide for businesses to respond to changes in contemporary politics and culture as campaigns progress.
Symone Sanders Townsend is creating the discourse that is missing in media and considering all vantage points with her new show SYMONE
Experienced democratic political strategist SYMONE SANDERS TOWNSEND’s namesake show provides essential context on the most pressing issues facing Americans today. As Forbes said of her new MSNBC show SYMONE, “viewers will see the same version of the high-energy, politics- and culture-obsessed dynamo who’s worked for Senator Bernie Sanders as well as the Biden 2020 campaign, and as a spokesperson for Vice President Harris.” The communications expert and former CNN commentator joined The New York Times Opinion podcast Sway to share how she is covering the administration she just left as well as importance of including multiple vantage points in any conversation. “I think it is very important to not paint with a broad stroke brush,” she said of her curated and balanced political panels. This unique gift for including and considering all vantage points is part of what Sanders Townsend considers her due diligence to ensure audiences are receiving the most thorough reporting possible on every story that comes across her anchor desk, and makes her an in-demand commentator for her rigorous analysis, fearless insights, and commitment to getting the whole story.
Drawing on her intimate involvement with the Biden/Harris administration and its policy initiatives, the former senior advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris told Politico, “Something that my show will be able to offer that is different than any other show is keen insight into the people, the policies, and the plans of this administration and the current president and vice president of America.” In her conversation on the Sway podcast, Sanders Townsend shares that – as a former critic of the media apparatus – she now has a responsibility to create change, saying: “I now have the opportunity to create and facilitate that particular discourse.” Sought after for her expertise in communication and political strategy, in-depth analysis, and definitive perspective, Sanders Townsend brings authenticity, humor, and insight to events with groups like SXSW, Politico’s Women Rule Summit, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, and more.
Symone Sanders Townsend is an author and seasoned political strategist.
Sanders Townsend rose to prominence in 2016 as the national press secretary for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s then-presidential campaign. At 25, she became the youngest presidential press secretary on record and was named to Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election. At 29, she published her first book, No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America and served as a senior advisor for President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign. At 31, Sanders Townsend was appointed as a senior member of the Biden-Harris administration serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson to Vice President Kamala Harris.
A communicator with a passion for problem solving and social justice, Sanders Townsend served as the national chair of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Emerging Leaders Committee and a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice before joining Senator Sanders’s campaign. There, she worked to raise the profile of young voices in the fight for juvenile justice reform and brought millennial perspectives to policy conversations. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris administration, Sanders Townsend was principal of the 360 Group where she helped clients find sound solutions to tough political and social problems.
Sanders Townsend is a former political commentator for CNN and resident fellow of both Harvard's Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School and the University of Southern California's Center for the Political Future.
She is a native of North Omaha, Nebraska and currently resides in Washington D.C. with her husband, Shawn.