Maisha Simmons, MPA, is the Deputy Chief Development Officer/ Sr. Director of Foundation Relations. She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s relationships with its donors, and she brings to NAACP a deep understanding of philanthropy.
She is a former senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she was responsible for coordinating a variety of programs working towards family supportive policies and health equity. Throughout her career, her aim has always been to “keeps communities in the picture.”
Previously, Simmons was a grant writer and manager with United Way of Essex and West Hudson in Newark, NJ. In addition to managing existing grants, she developed new grant prospects and secured funding for community impact initiatives. She was a National Urban Fellow with the Community Development Law Center (CDLC) and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC), Indianapolis, IN. She also served in various positions at Cathedral Community Development Corporation, Perth Amboy, NJ, including director of Community Development, director of Human Services, and development coordinator. In addition, to what she calls her first experience in public health, she served as an inspector with the Union County Division of Public Works, Bureau of Mosquito Control, during an outbreak of West Nile virus.
Simmons holds an MPA from CUNY/Baruch College, School of Public Affairs, and a master certificate in public administration from Kean University, and a BA from Douglass College, Rutgers University.
Born in Orange, NJ, she resides in New Jersey with her son and husband.