Commissioner Heather Simmons is currently serving her fourth term on the Gloucester County Board of Commissioners.
As Commissioner, Heather is Liaison to the Department of Economic Development and Public Works, including oversight of:
- Community and Economic Development
- Business Retention and Attraction
- Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce
- Municipal Economic Development Council
- Workforce Development Board
- Fleet Management
- Mosquito Control
- Solid Waste Advisory Council
- Tri-County Water Quality Management
Heather Simmons is the longest-serving female Commissioner (formerly Freeholder) in Gloucester County history. In her role, she launched the 70-member Gloucester County Economic Recovery Collaborative in 2021 with a focus on post-pandemic economic recovery and resiliency. She spearheaded the County’s first small business revolving loan fund, resulting in $12 million in low-interest loans for more than 175 businesses.
Heather Simmons has lived in Gloucester County since 1994. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and politics from Saint Joseph's University, where she was Valedictorian of her graduating class. She also holds a master's degree in public relations from Rowan University.
Heather is Director of Strategic Projects at Rowan University, where she previously served as Director of Business Outreach and Associate Director of the Edelman Fossil Park. Prior to that she owned her own communications firm.
Heather sits on the boards of the NJ Association of Counties, the NJAC Foundation and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. She was the honoree at the 2019 Gloucester County Boys and Girls Club Fall Fundraiser, and raised an unprecedented $400,000 for the organization that year. She chaired the Fall Fundraiser on two additional occasions, raising an additional $200,000 for youth programming. She was also the 2016 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Gloucester County.
She previously served on the Board of the Greater Glassboro Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce and a Commissioner with the Gloucester County Library System.
Awards & Recognition
Heather was named one of South Jersey Biz Magazine's "Women to Watch", and "Business Advocate of the Year" by the National Association of Women Business Owners-South Jersey Chapter, and was recognized by South Jersey Magazine as a local "Superwoman." She has been named "Woman of the Year, Women in Communications", by the Gloucester County Commission on Women.