4 Reasons We Love The 28 Year Old CNN Contributor Symone Sanders

Symone D. Sanders is a strategist who rose to prominence during her tenure as the national press secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. At 25, Symone demonstrated an uncanny command of the issues earning her a place in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record and a spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election.

However, Symone was not new to presidential politics. When she was 16, she introduced former President Bill Clinton at a luncheon in Omaha, Nebraska. Following her remarks, President Clinton said, “Symone spoke so well I really hate to follow her.” President Clinton went on to write about Symone in his book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.

A communicator with a passion for juvenile justice, Symone is the former chair of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Emerging Leaders Committee and former member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. While serving on the committees,  Symone worked to bring millennial perspectives to policy conversations.

Now, Symone draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perceptive analysis and results-oriented problem solving on political and social issues. Through her work, Symone challenges the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements and impactful media narratives.

1. We love her hair. There are not many black women on CNN let alone black women with natural hair and a fade.

2. At 28 this young woman can go toe to toe verbally with the best of them.

3. She is the strong #blackgirlmagic representation we need. She is not trying to be anyone but herself.

4. She is a political leader and didn’t wait for anyone to give her permission.

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