COO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Chapter Board - Los Angeles
Christine N. Simmons, now COO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was formerly president & chief operations officer of the Los Angeles Sparks. As one of the founding WNBA teams, this iconic franchise has two league titles as well as the most playoff appearances (14) in the WNBA’s 19-year history.
Simmons brings over a decade of leadership experience in creating strategic alliances, leading business development and driving corporate initiatives to the role, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). As President & COO, she directs and coordinates all aspects of the team’s business operations including ticket sales, sponsorship sales, marketing, game operations, public relations, community relations and finance. In her role as Executive Vice President with MJE, Simmons led the day-to-day operations of the Sparks throughout the team’s first season under the ownership group led by Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Mark R. Walter.
Simmons' background includes working with most of the Fortune 500 including major brands such as NBCUniversal and Disney, to create synergistic partnerships between those corporations and the business community nationally. Diversity and empowerment have always been true passions for Simmons as she led Supplier Diversity for NBCUniversal ensuring that diverse communities have opportunities to compete for business with the corporation.
Simmons graduated from UCLA and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the UCLA Alumni Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Jenesse Center, the LA Sports Council, the Positive Coaching Alliance and is an active member of the Advisory Committee for Next Play Capital and of Better Futures for Thomazeau (a non-profit organization that creates jobs and lends aid to Haiti). Simmons has earned a number of honors, including Alumnus of the Year 2012 by the UCLA Black Alumni Association, as well as the Top 25 Women of Power Impacting Diversity by DiversityPlus magazine and the Who's Who in Black Los Angeles.