Prior to her community college experience, Simmons worked for the University of California, Davis campus and medical center where she handled labor relations matters, including negotiations, mediation, arbitrations and administrative hearings.
Simmons has a degree from the King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis, where she studied labor law, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach.
Less than two weeks at her new job, Simmons is in the process of developing the framework for an extensive human resources plan, a district accreditation requirement.
Simmons lives near Petco Park in the East Village. She is married to Paul Richman and they have “wickedly smart” border collie. Passionate travelers, the couple has visited 19 countries and last year, retraced Simmons’ grandfather’s landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy.