About Les Simmons
Les Simmons has been a community activist his entire career, fighting for equity, social justice and an end to community violence in South Sacramento. Les is dedicated to ensuring everyone has the services and opportunities they deserve, especially our youth.
When the global pandemic hit Sacramento, Les Simmons didn’t sit on the sidelines; he sprang into action by organizing weekly free food distributions at the South Sacramento Christian Center (SSCC), where he is a senior pastor. To date, Les has helped feed over 35,000 people. Les also mobilized volunteers to sew and distribute thousands of free, reusable masks, and he made sure the childcare center located at SSCC was open to provide childcare for essential workers.
Les also brought the only free COVID testing site to South Sacramento and fought to ensure that disadvantaged communities get their share of CARES funding to help support small businesses and people who have lost their jobs.
Les Simmons has a long history of fighting for systemic change in Sacramento . He has been a leading speaker at peaceful protests following the death of George Floyd and helped reform police use of force standards statewide. Les has been at the forefront of the police reform movement for years, calling for transparency and accountability with more funding for basic services like healthcare, mental health, support for small businesses, job training and housing relief.
Les and his wife Katrina turned the abandoned Cal Skate site in South Sacramento into the Simmons Community Center (named for Les’ parents) which serves more than 1,000 diverse youth and adults every month through educational, job training and recreational activities. He has secured millions of dollars in funding for the Black Child Legacy campaign to reduce child death rates and programs to prevent gang violence.
Les grew up in South Sacramento, graduated from Valley High School and returned home after college. Les and Katrina Simmons (also a native of Valley Hi) have been married for 19 years and have three children, Lesley, Jr., 17, Ania, 14, and Cadence, 10.