Adele Simmons is President of Global Philanthropy Partnership which focuses on sustainability and promoting global philanthropy. She coordinated efforts to develop Midwest strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, co-chaired the taskforce that developed the Chicago 2010 Climate Action Plan, and at Mayor Emanuel’s request, organized the task force that prepared Sustainable Chicago 2015. She co-founded the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network which includes sustainability officers from 124 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
Simmons is currently on the board of the Field Museum, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Union of Concerned Scientists, CERES, the Synergos Institute, and the Environmental Defense Action Fund.
She was President of the MacArthur Foundation between 1989-1999, launching their global work on climate change. She served on a number of Commissions, including: President Bush’s Commission on Sustainable Development, the Commission on Global Governance, and the UN High Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. She was a member of a number of corporate boards including Marsh & McLennan Board where she served for 38 years (1977-2015).
Simmons was President of Hampshire College, a dean at Princeton and Tufts universities, and a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. She has lived in England, Mauritius, Kenya and Tunisia.