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
Her main focus is on the integral tie between education, job creation and the health of small business. She spearheaded the formation of Gloucester County's first small business revolving loan fund, resulting in $4.5 million in low interest loans being put into the hands of more than 150 small 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 began her career at Gloucester County College in 1991, where she served 13 years in public relations, marketing and alumni relations. She was also an adjunct instructor for 12 years, teaching journalism and communications courses.
Heather currently works as Director, University Business Outreach at Rowan University and previously owned her own communications firm.
Heather sits on the boards of the New Jersey Association of Counties and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Heather served as 2016 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Gloucester County and helped raise $200,000 as two-time chair of the Gloucester County Boys and Girls Club's annual fall fundraiser.
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
She 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.