Meet the Philly-born minister now heading Common Cause Pa.
Micah Sims grew up in West Philadelphia’s Wynnefield neighborhood, attended city public schools, played basketball at William Penn High School, graduated from Villanova (Class of 1991), and earned a master’s degree in divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary. He’s a fifth-generation minister.
He’s also the new executive director of Common Cause Pa., based in Harrisburg. He replaced Barry Kauffman as head of the non-partisan, good-government organization. Kauffman held the post for 30 years.
Sims, 49, was working in the ministry in Philly in the 1990s when he started to get involved in politics. He helped local candidates with filing petitions, volunteered for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and was a statewide faith outreach deputy director for the president’s 2012 reelection campaign. After the 2008 elections, Sims did a Philly radio show for two years, New Day With Micah Sims, on WNWR-AM (1540).