Christine N. Simmons
Christine Simmons currently serves as 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, focusing on a number of key initiatives including the organization’s strategic and 5-year business plans, organizational restructure, career progression realignment, representation and inclusion, sustainability and much, much more. Simmons will also be leading the first-ever, Office of Representation, Inclusion, and Equity which will lead and support internal and external initiatives to broaden the Aperture through which excellence is recognized. She also continues to oversee the Academy Foundation, comprised of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy Film Archive, its many talent diversity spotlight and development programs, and the Science and Technology Council. She will join leadership in collaborative efforts to fulfill and further the Academy’s 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. and brought home a championship in 2016. She even led the design of the Sparks championship ring!
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 two decades working for organizations such as Disney, NBCUniversal and others. Simmons creating the first entertainment industry matchmaking event for below the line businesses as well as the first diversity event at the NAB show.
A proud UCLA graduate, she just finished a 2-year term on the UC Board of Regents, where she served on the following committees: Finance and Capital Strategies, Public Engagement and Development, Investments & Basic Needs. She is immediate Past President, and Director on the Board of the UCLA Alumni Association. She also just finished her term as Treasurer of the Alumni Associations of the UC. She was just re-elected as a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Directors.
She is on the Advisory Council for Next Play Capital, Shared Harvest Fund, MyCOVID MD, Committee for the LA 2020 Women on Boards as well as a delegate for the Hollywood Commission. She also volunteers for Better Futures for Thomazeau, a small, grassroots nonprofit that provides aide and is currently building a vocational school in Haiti. A huge advocate of mentoring, Christine formally mentors the next generation of Black women through Cari Champion’s foundation, Brown Girls Dream, and has informally mentored countless others. Simmons speaks nationally on topics of Business, Strategy, Leadership, Inclusion, and Women’s Empowerment.
Her dedication to excellence and passion for giving back has earned her a number of honors. Simmons was named as a 2020 CSQ Visionary, honored by the YMCA with its 2019 Brotherhood Award, and was named to the 2018 Ebony Power 100 list. Simmons was honored by WISE LA with their 2017 Woman of Inspiration Award and 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.
Finally, Christine’s proudest achievement is the amazing human she is raising in her 9-year-old son, Christian whom she fondly refers to as her “not so lil man.”