Jess Simmons joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2022 as an Advisor for Sponsored Projects & Funds, and currently manages a portfolio of projects focused on health, education, arts, and culture.
She comes to RPA with a background in non-profit operations, advocacy compliance, and community partnership development from her previous work with various 501c3/c4 organizations and institutions of higher education. Most recently, Jess provided client service support at a large fiscal sponsorship management firm, where she oversaw grantmaking, financial management, and facilitated donor relationships for a portfolio of projects focused on environmental conservation, global health, and civic engagement.
Based in Chicago, Jess is a “Double Demon,” holding a Master of Public Policy and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Gender Studies from DePaul University. In her free time, she enjoys running outdoors, going to see live music, and moonlighting as a (very beginner) ceramics student.