Executive Vice President and General Counsel/Corporate Secretary
Helping put people into homes is much more than a job for Simmons. It’s a calling. While practicing corporate law at the start of his career in Boston, he volunteered to serve on the board of a nonprofit working to alleviate area homelessness. Several years later, he played an integral role in helping the nonprofit move into a multi-million dollar, six-story, mixed-unit building with ground-floor retail, three floors of office space and 14 units of housing for homeless individuals. He loved the work so much that he decided to pursue opportunities outside a law firm, sent his resume to NeighborWorks and put his talents to work full-time for affordable housing.
That was 10 years ago. Today, Simmons is deputy general counsel at NeighborWorks, handling all legal matters and leading significant corporate initiatives on foreclosure and scam prevention, acquisitions, new program designs and fund investments. “It’s when I’m out speaking with at-risk homeowners and dealing with foreclosure initiatives to help people save their homes that I feel most connected to the mission,” he says.
Outside the office, Simmons is chair of the African-American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation and the former chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Committee on Community Economic Development. He also is a member of the ABA's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and continues his volunteer work with the homeless by serving on the board of FACETS. He practiced corporate law at Hale and Dorr and Holland & Knight. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia School of Law.