New York--Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director/CEO A. Robert Pisano announced today the promotion of Jae Je Simmons to New York Executive Director, effective immediately.
In her new post, Simmons will promote the Guild’s mission, global/regional initiatives and collective bargaining to constituent groups as well as insure all procedures and protocols are in full compliance with related SAG governance policies and practices. She will communicate and represent the interests of the New York Board of Directors and membership to senior staff. In concert with elected NY leadership, she will articulate the needs of the NY Division in contract negotiations and in all other policy decisions. She will report to Pisano.
Pisano stated, “In filling key management positions, one of our priorities is to identify executives working at the Screen Actors Guild who have distinguished themselves in their current work, and have demonstrated capacity to assume greater leadership and management roles. Jae Je is such a person, and I am delighted she has accepted this promotion. Jae Je brings to these new responsibilities experience in the private sector, as well as her SAG background, all of which will enable her to fulfill our Mission - to serve our members.”
New York President Eileen Henry stated, “ The New York board is thrilled to have Jae Je as its executive director. Jae Je’s insight and strategic plan for NY are in lock step with our goals. She is a remarkable advocate for member rights.“
Along with overseeing the New York Division, Simmons will serve as the regional director for the Boston and Philadelphia branches, ensuring that member services and administrative needs are met in each of these branches. In that role, she will report to Hollis Batchelor, deputy national executive director for organizing, education and branch management.
Simmons commented, “This is wonderful opportunity for professional growth and to be a part of the progressive reorganization of the Screen Actors Guild.”
Jae Je Simmons joined the Guild in 1998 as Executive Director, Affirmative Action, working with Affirmative Action/EEOC committees to promote and develop the Guild’s diversity programs and outreach. Prior employment includes positions as Vice President and Director of Client Services at the Terri William Agency, Diversity Program Executive for the Texaco Corporation, and in the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs. Simmons is also an accomplished journalist with works published in Essence, Black Enterprise, Dallas Time Herald and Dallas Business Journal.