Margaret C Simms

Margaret C. Simms is Vice President for Governance and Economic Analysis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) since 1994, Simms now serves as Vice President of its Board of Directors.

“I have known Margaret Simms for years and was delighted when she agreed to join the NASI board. Her comments invariably reflect hardheaded good sense and tough-mindedness delivered with grace and tact to the meetings of the full board and to the workings of the audit committee. That is a valuable combination in any organization,” said Henry Aaron, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Chair of the NASI Board.

Simms began working at the Joint Center in 1986 and previously served as Director of Research Programs, Deputy Director of Research, Vice President for Research, and Senior Vice President for Programs. Prior to the Joint Center, she was a program director at the Urban Institute, also in Washington, D.C. Simms was on the faculty of Atlanta University from 1972 to 1981. Prior to that, she was a faculty member at the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 1977 and 1978, Simms was a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has also served as a consultant to a number of organizations, including the U.S. Department of State, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Simms has edited many books and monographs on black economic well-being, including Job Creation Prospects and Strategies, with Wilhelmina A. Leigh (Washington, D.C.: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 1998),Economic Perspectives on Affirmative Action (Washington, D.C.: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 1995); Moving Up With Baltimore: Creating Career Ladders for Blacks in the Private Sector (Washington, D.C.: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 1991); and Slipping Through the Cracks: The Status of Black Women (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Books, 1986), co-edited with Julianne Malveaux.

Simms was editor of the Review of Black Political Economy from 1983 to 1988 and chaired the Board of Directors of the Institute for Women's Policy Research from 1993 to 1998. She has been a member of the Black Enterprise Board of Economists since 1987. In addition to NASI, Simms currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Partners for Democratic Change.