Heather Simmons, a resident of Glassboro, has lived in Gloucester County since 1994. She is married to Jeff Silvestri and has two stepchildren. Heather holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and politics from Saint Joseph's University, where she was Valedictorian of the Class of 1991. She also holds a master's degree in public relations from Rowan University and completed several courses toward a Ph.D. in education at Capella University (Minneapolis, MN). Heather has been the owner of Heather Simmons Communications, LLC since 2005, a firm that specializes in education and non-profit public relations campaign work.
Heather has been named one of South Jersey Biz Magazine’s “Women to Watch” for 2012. In 2011, she was named 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.” In 2001, she was named Woman of the Year, Women in Communications, by the Gloucester County Commission on Women. She served on the Marketing Committee for the United Way of Gloucester County and on the Board of the Greater Glassboro Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce and previously served as a Commissioner with the Gloucester County Library System.
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.
As Freeholder, Heather is Liaison to the Department of Economic Development and Public Works, including oversight of Tourism, Community and Economic Development (Business Retention and Attraction, Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce), Engineering, Planning, Roads, Highways, Fleet Management, Mosquito Control, Buildings and Grounds, the Gloucester County Housing Authority and the Solid Waste Advisory Council. She also serves on the Board of NJ Association of Counties. Her main focus is on the integral tie between education and job creation, and helped to forge a groundbreaking dual enrollment agreement between Gloucester County College and Rowan University that will save local students about $20,000 in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Gloucester County.
HEATHER SIMMONS (Democrat)
2 SOUTH BROAD STREET (PO BOX 337)
WOODBURY, NEW JERSEY 08096
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TERM EXPIRES 12/31/2014