Ariel Simms

Ariel SimmsSenior Program Manager & Attorney, Criminal Justice Initiatives

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Ariel Simms completed her Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School and has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and French from Saginaw Valley State University. In addition to her role at The Arc, Ariel teaches Disability Law and Ethics as an Adjunct Professor at American University. Prior to law school, Ariel spent two years working as a Mental Health Counselor on an inpatient psychiatric unit of a hospital. After that experience, Ariel decided to become a disability and human rights advocate, especially on behalf of those living with mental disabilities. Ariel has worked on disability rights issues both in the United States and abroad, including health care policy, human rights, and criminal justice. Ariel has a passion for social justice reform, especially in the realms of legal capacity, supported decision-making, reducing mass incarceration, improving conditions of confinement, and policing reform. Ariel hopes to see the United States ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities during her career. In her spare time, Ariel enjoys indoor and outdoor cycling.