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Crain’s Chicago: Alex Sims-Jones Named to 40 under 40 Class

October 16, 2023

Today, Crain’s Chicago Business announced the unveiling of the Crain’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2023, a prestigious recognition celebrating young leaders making remarkable contributions to their industries and the city of Chicago. APS & Associates is delighted to share that Alex P. Sims-Jones, the CEO of APS and Associates, has been honored with this distinguished accolade. You can read her full feature here. This year’s honorees represent a diverse group of individuals dedicated to the field of politics, reflecting their commitment to driving positive change in our communities.

Alexandra P. Sims-Jones is lauded as an award-winning public affairs strategist with a remarkable ability to foster cross-sector relationships and develop strategies that promote greater equity. Her career has left an indelible mark on policy and politics, where she has excelled as a lead organizer, campaign manager, and public official, all while deeply committed to improving resource accessibility in underserved communities.

Since the establishment of APS in 2017, Alex and the firm have rapidly gained recognition as trusted advisors to equity-focused political candidates. APS has also provided invaluable guidance to private enterprises, government bodies, philanthropic organizations, and grassroots movements. The firm’s work is firmly rooted in advancing social impact and striving for a more equitable society.

In expressing her gratitude, Alex Sims-Jones commented, “I am deeply thankful to Crain’s Chicago for this esteemed recognition, especially as I pursue work that I am passionate about and for a community that I hold dear. Throughout my career, I have consistently centered my work on creating social impact, and at APS & Associates, we remain committed to this mission. We seek out clients for whom our strategic counsel can have the greatest impact, and we have had the privilege of collaborating with a diverse array of clients, including organizers, presidents, mayors, CEOs, governors, activists, state attorneys, and more, all sharing a common goal – building a more equitable society. I firmly believe that at APS, we are only at the beginning of our journey!”

The celebration of these accomplished individuals, including Alex P. Sims-Jones, is scheduled for October 23 in Chicago. The event promises an in-depth conversation with Rahm Emanuel, the former Mayor of Chicago and a past 40s honoree, who currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

Notably, APS and Associates have been instrumental in various significant projects, including the production of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s inaugural ceremony, the management of community outreach strategies for the Obama Presidential Center, and overseeing preparations for the Bally’s Chicago Casino ribbon-cutting ceremony. The firm continues to make significant strides with a diverse portfolio of clients on a regional and national level.

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