Warren Simmons
Senior Fellow


  • Achievement gap
  • District reform
  • Race and diversity
  • Urban education

Warren Simmons is the former director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) at Brown University and currently serves a a senior fellow to the institute. He also team teaches a course in urban systems and structure in Brown University’s Urban Education Policy master’s program. Before joining AISR in 1998, he was founding director of the Philadelphia Education Fund, which helped the School District of Philadelphia to fund, develop and implement new academic standards, content-based professional development, curriculum resources, and comprehensive school reform. Among other activities, he co-chairs the Aspen Urban Superintendents Network and was recently appointed to the National Research Council’s Committee on Strengthening Science Education Through a Teacher Learning Continuum. Simmons is also a member of the board of directors of the Nellie Mae Education Fund. Simmons received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macalester College and a doctorate in psychology from Cornell University. He is a recent recipient of the Distinguished Citizens Award from the National Governors Association.