Kimberly H. Simmons
Director of Workforce Development
Kimberly H. Simmons currently serves as the Director of Workforce Development for the Indianapolis Urban League. A Dayton, Ohio native, Mrs. Simmons earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with honors from Central State University and a Master of Science in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Mrs. Simmons has over 19 years’ experience in Workforce Development, including extensive experience and success working with at-risk populations. Mrs. Simmons has secured and managed more than $2 million in grant funding from federal, state and private foundations to provide employment and training opportunities to low-income and at-risk populations.
In her current position, Mrs. Simmons brings a wealth of experience, passion and knowledge by developing, implementing and managing intensive employment and training programs geared towards helping the unemployed, underemployed, ex-offenders and at-risk populations secure and retain employment. Mrs. Simmons is skilled at program evaluation and developing successful collaborations with local employers, agencies and training programs to further engage, leverage and blend resources.
Prior to joining the Indianapolis Urban League in October of 2013, Mrs. Simmons managed employment and training programs for Indianapolis Public Schools and Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. She received numerous awards from the U.S. Department of Labor-Midwest Region for her outstanding achievements while employed with IndyPendence Job Corps Career Center. Mrs. Simmons also served as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Women’s Equality Day Observance Program with the Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Services of Indianapolis (DFAS-IN) and was honored by Phillips Temple CME Church for excellent service in the Indianapolis Community.
As a former MBE/WBE business owner simultaneously operating family owned property management and transportation businesses, Mrs. Simmons was instrumental in securing a transportation contract with a national vendor and the National Football League for the 2012 Super Bowl.
Kimberly is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and fellowships at New Beginnings Church. Kimberly and her husband Greg have two children.