Renee Wilson-Simmons

Director, National Center for Children in Poverty

Before joining NCCP in 2012, Renee Wilson-Simmons, DrPH, served as the senior associate for adolescent health and development the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, where she managed foundation initiatives and related grants and activities focused on reproductive health. She also served as associate director of the Evidence-Based Practice Group, which identifies, develops, and scales up evidence-based interventions for children and families involved with public social service systems. Formally, Dr. Wilson-Simmons was a senior scientist at Education Development Center, a global nonprofit organization with responsibility for the development and implementation of a range of projects that address the health and safety needs of young people living in high-poverty urban areas. She was also director of the Health Promotion Program for Urban Youth at Boston City Hospital, principal investigator of the first Office of Minority Health-funded grant to develop a community-based coalition to prevent homicide in the African American community, and director of a five-year National Institutes of Health study of the long-term impact of a comprehensive adolescent health program on reductions in multiple-risk behaviors related to violence, substance abuse, and early and unprotected sexual activity among inner-city African American and Hispanic youths.