1086 PROVIDENCE – Warren Simmons, executive director of Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR), was recently appointed to three prestigious nonprofit organizations’ boards, each focused on addressing public education inequities: Family Health International (FHI 360); the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education; and the Blue Ribbon Committee of the New York State Board of Regents’ Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color.

“I’m honored to advise these organizations and to offer my expertise to each of them as they strive to reverse the cumulative and consequential outcomes of poverty and inequality,” said Simmons.

He was elected on October 1 to the board of directors of FHI 360 board of directors on October 1. FHI 360 is an international, nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated locally driven solutions within the health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, and technology areas. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and the entire U.S. and its territories. FHI 360’s domestic education work spans the continuum of learning and development from early childhood to adulthood.

In September, Simmons was appointed to the advisory board of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, a national campaign based in Washington, DC that acknowledges the impact of social and economic disadvantage on schools and students, and proposes evidence-based policies to improve schools and remedy conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.

Simmons was also appointed in August to the Blue Ribbon Committee of the New York State Board of Regents’ Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color. Inspired by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, the committee will examine the educational challenges and opportunities boys and young men of color face on a daily basis, developing strategies to address the challenges and expand opportunities to increase their educational success. The committee’s objective is to set a policy agenda for improving the educational destiny for young males of color, making New York the nation’s first state to develop a statewide plan specifically focused in the goals of My Brother’s Keeper. 

Simmons, characterized by the Regents as “a recognized authority and leader dedicated to improving outcomes for children and youth,” has led AISR since 1998.