Adele Simmons is President of the Global Philanthropy Partnership which promotes global giving and strengthens the infrastructure that assists global donors. The GPP is focusing on the intersection between climate change and global poverty and security. She is a member of the Synergos Board, chairs the Synergos Program and Planning Committee and edits a quarterly newsletter, Global Giving Matters, with the Synergos Institute.
She is senior executive of Chicago Metropolis Strategies, where she focuses on climate change and sustainability. She was co-chair of the Task Force that developed a Climate Action Plan for the city of Chicago and is a member of the Green Ribbon Committee that oversees its implementation. She co-chaired the Council on Global Affairs study group on Chicago’s global future and is actively involved with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.
From 1989-1999 Mrs. Simmons was President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, overseeing grants of over $1.5 billion. The Foundation’s international programs focus on the environment, population, international peace and security, understanding inequality within and among nations and climate change.
She is a member of a number of boards in addition to Synergos including Marsh and McLennan Companies, the Field Museum, the Union of Concerned Scientists, The Weil Foundation, The Chicago Council of Global Affairs, and Demos. She is also on the Strategic Philanthropy Advisory Board.
She served on President Carter’s Commission on World Hunger, President Bush’s Commission on Sustainable Development, The Commission on Global Governance, the UN High Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Design Initiative.
Before joining the MacArthur Foundation, Simmons was President of Hampshire College, Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University, and Dean of Jackson College at Tufts University.