Ms. Barbara A. Simmons, Esq.


Barbara A. Simmons is a senior producer with more than three decades of consistent delivery and sustained performance in academia, community and international strategic program development and execution resulting from her ability to garner support from divergent stakeholders and communities. Often referred to as “the bridge,” she is an internationally recognized educator, scholar and advocate.  For four and one-half years, she served as dean of international education at the William V.S. Tubman University in Liberia. Currently, she is principal of BA SIMMONS INTERNATIONAL LLC consultant to multiple international organizations. She is vice chair of the National Bar Association’s International Law Section and past president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Women Lawyers Division of the NBA.

As a speaker and convener, Simmons has led numerous public policy initiatives in, inter alia, the United States, Brazil and Liberia. She spoke at the Launching of PUSH (Presidents United to Solve Hunger) at the United Nations.  She has developed and implemented numerous programs/conferences. She facilitated an education session during the second Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum in Nigeria.  She represented the Consortium of African Diasporas in the U.S. (CADUS) at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Women in STEM Initiative Consultative Meeting and at the inaugural Next Einstein Forum in Senegal.

In addition, she served as coordinator for three programs at the World Bank involving African Women, Girls and the Diaspora focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and under African Union sponsorship, co-chaired a symposium on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their projects in Africa. Simmons has a commanding grasp of issues ranging from STEM Education, women’s empowerment, transformative leadership, and the African Diaspora.

Having received many awards, she was presented an award by His Excellency Joseph N. Boakai, Vice President of Liberia for her service to Liberia. She has also been presented multiple citations from Philadelphia City Council for her contributions to African and Caribbean Affairs and for her participation in and contribution to a forum which was held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She has been a member of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs.

Simmons received a Master of Science in Social Administration which focused on planning, development and organization from Case Western Reserve University. She earned a Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law during which time she interned at the United Nations Development Programme-Gender in Development Programme.