Born and raised in Southern California, Christine Simmons is a true California girl. In January of 2019, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named Christine Simmons to the position of Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to CEO Dawn Hudson. Simmons is responsible for the day-to-day management and enhancement of the Academy’s internal organization and infrastructure, and is leading the Academy’s first Office of Representation, Inclusion and Equity. Most recently Simmons was a key member of the team that created Aperture 2025, an Academy initiative designed to expand diversity and inclusion standards within the organization.
A proud UCLA graduate, she is completing her final year as an Alumni Regent on the UC Board of Regents. She is the immediate Past President and current Director on the Board of the UCLA Alumni Association, and is also a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Alumni Associations of the UC. She is on the Advisory Council for Next Play Capital, Shared Harvest Fund, and Women in Sports and Events.
Her dedication to excellence and passion for giving back has earned her a number of honors. Simmons was honored by the YMCA with their 2019 Brotherhood Award and by WISE LA with their 2017 Woman of Inspiration Award. She was named to the 2018 Ebony Power 100 list, the University of California President’s list of 2017 Remarkable Women of UC, and the LA Business Journal’s 2016, 2017 & 2018 list of 500 most influential people in Los Angeles. She also volunteers for Better Futures for Thomazeau, a small, grassroots nonprofit that provides aid and is currently building a vocational school in Haiti.