Adele Simmons

Adele Simmons

Global Philanthropy Partnership

Adele Simmons is President of Global Philanthropy Partnership, a non-profit that supports her civic work, including global philanthropy and climate change.

She co-chaired Mayor Daley’s task force to develop a Climate Action Plan for the City of Chicago, and is helping with the implementation of Mayor Emanuel’s Sustainable Chicago 2015 Plan. She works with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a network of sustainability directors from 124 cities in the US and Canada.

Mrs. Simmons is on the Board of Marsh and McLennan Companies, the Field Museum of Chicago, CERES, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Synergos Institute, Demos, The American Prospect, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Mrs. Simmons served as Vice Chair and Senior Executive of the Chicago based regional planning group, Chicago Metropolis 2020, from 1999-2014.

From 1989-1999, Mrs. Simmons served as President of the MacArthur Foundation, which made grants of $175 million per year supporting work in the United States and globally.

She served as a Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum from 1999-2007.

Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, Mrs. Simmons was President of Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts, and a senior officer at Princeton University and Tufts University.