Senior Executive, Metropolis Strategies
Adele Simmons is senior executive at Metropolis Strategies, focusing on environmental and sustainability issues, and provided leadership for the 2009 Burnham Plan Centennial. She co-chaired the Task Force that developed the Chicago Climate Action Plan, and is a member of the Green Ribbon Committee that is helping to implement Mayor Emanuel’s Sustainable 2015 Roadmap. Between 1989-1999, Mrs. Simmons was President of the MacArthur Foundation, overseeing grants over $175 million a year. The foundation’s international programs focus on the environment, population, peace and security, understanding inequality within and among nations and climate change.
Mrs. Simmons is currently on the Board of Marsh and McLennan Companies and chairs their board committee on Social Responsibility. She is on the boards of Ceres, Field Museum, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Economic Club of Chicago, Demos and The American Prospect, The Synergos Institute, Weil Foundation, and Union of Concerned Scientists. She is active in the leadership of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.
She served on President Carter’s Commission on World Hunger, President Bush’s Commission on Sustainable Development and the UN High Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. Mrs. Simmons was President of Hampshire College, and a member of the faculty and administration of Tufts University and Princeton University