Christine N. Simmons
Christine Simmons currently serves as President & Chief Operating Officer of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
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, with focus on the Academy Foundation, comprised of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy Film Archive, its educational programs and the Science and Technology Council. She will join leadership in collaborative efforts to fulfill and further the Academy mission, that is to recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences,
inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.
Most recently Simmons finished her fifth season with the 3 time WNBA champion LA Sparks as President & COO and the fourth in her official capacity. In that role she led all aspects of the team’s business operations including ticket and sponsorship sales and service, marketing, game operations, communications, community relations and finance. Under her leadership the team saw a 66% increase in ticket sales, increased viewership on Spectrum SportsNet and impacted nearly 100,000 lives through community programs.
Prior to joining the Sparks, she was an Executive Vice President with Magic Johnson Enterprises where she evaluated investment opportunities and was responsible for business development. Simmons has over a decade of leadership experience in creating strategic alliances, leading business development and driving corporate initiatives. She has worked with many Fortune 500 corporations and multi-million dollar companies and has been on the business side of entertainment for over a decade working for organizations such as Disney and NBCUniversal.
A proud UCLA graduate, she serves as Regent-Designate on the UC Board of Regents, where she serves on the following committees: Finance and Capital Strategies, Public Engagement and Development, Investments & Basic Needs. She is immediate Past President and current Director on the Board of the UCLA Alumni Association. She is 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 and Shared Harvest Fund.
Her dedication to excellence and passion for giving back has earned her a number of honors including: Simmons was named to 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 and a 2017 WISE LA Woman of Inspiration Award. She also volunteers for Better Futures for Thomazeau, a small, grassroots nonprofit that provides aide and is currently building a vocational school in Haiti.