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  • Jess Simmons

    Jess Simmons

    Executive Director, Colorado

    Jess brings over 10 years of experience in leadership, fundraising, partnership development, program operations, and systems design to Reading Partners. After working with a number of education enrichment and alternative education programs, Jess taught first and second in Greensboro, NC as well as high school biology in Maine. Her subsequent leadership roles included serving as a program director and regional director for Outward Bound while working to expand their urban education and teacher professional development programs. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Jess served as project director for an international school leadership program as well as designEDU, a Colorado-based innovation incubator for educators. Jess was a Presidential Fellow while receiving her BA in Curriculum Design at Guilford College and received her Master of Social Change Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and the Wharton School.
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