Jacqueline Paul Sims is a Master level mental health professional who moved to Nashville TN nine years ago. Upon meeting Dr. James Lawson and having the privilege of sitting under his tutelage for over a year, as a member of the Nonviolent Resistance Social Justice Committee, she discovered a new call on her life. It was then Ms. Sims made a decision to pursue the remainder of her career as a community organizer and activist. Most of her work has been at the grassroots level. She has worked with numerous organization such as the Urban Epi Center, Tennessee Citizens Action, Democracy Nashville, African Cultural Alliance, Nashville Homeless Coalition, Jobs for Justice, the Peace and Justice Center, Beloved Community, and the Green Jobs Task Force.
One of Ms. Sims accomplishments that she is most proud of was the 2 ½ year work on the forefront of the Ban the Box Campaign, which removed the box on Metro Nashville government applications, that proved to be a significant barrier to employment for those with a criminal history. The success of the campaign, won the ability to give them an even playing field by providing an opportunity to be interviewed.
Ms. Sims is now board chair of Tennessee Alliance for Progress, under whose fiscal umbrella she is engaged in a state tour of listening sessions across all 95 counties in TN. These sessions however are evolving into the development of CPL (Citizen Participation Learning classes), she is discovering many residents around the state are politically waking up and have a desire to plug into civic work in their communities. She has enlisted the efforts of Democracy Nashville/Democratic Cities partners, along with the State NAACP to fulfill these request for training.
Ms. Sims is the Chair of the local and state Criminal Justice Committee. She has over 14 years of experience work on both sides of the Criminal Justice System. Her most recent work continues to be with those who have been recently released from incarceration and the homeless in her community. She is a tireless advocate for both populations.
Ms. Sims considers herself a servant of the Most High, it is He who guides her path. She is the very blessed mother of five accomplished and talented adult children.