I run a small communications and consulting firm in Philadelphia, specializing in writing, editing, public relations, strategic communications and media relations. I'm available for editorial content, project management and communications solutions for your company or cause.
Before launching Sheila Simmons Enterprises, Sheila served as Communications Director for Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s 2011 re-election campaign. Her extensive newspaper writing spans two decades and such publications as Philadelphia Daily News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Raleigh News & Observer, education’s Philadelphia Public School Notebook and African-American-owned The Philadelphia Tribune. An expert at public relations and collaborative planning, Sheila was lead organizer for Philadelphia’s Guinness World Record Largest Soul Train Line, which won global media attention. She was an adjunct professor for Temple University’s Department of Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising and was Communications Director for Pennsylvania State Sen. Anthony H. Williams. In the area of education, Sheila worked nearly five years as Education Director for the non-profit Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), where she advocated for good policies and fair funding for educating Philadelphia school children and served on numerous state, local and school district committees. Sheila accepted an award from the Education Policy & Leadership Council for PCCY’s grassroots organizing of school communities in southeast Pennsylvania, toward the passage of a historic, statewide school funding formula. Sheila’s writing appears weekly on the Liberty City Press website (www.libertycitypress.com) as well as in its partnership newspapers: Philadelphia Sunday Sun, Philadelphia Gay News, Al Dia, Metro Chinese, Metro VietNew. A native of Asheville, N.C., Sheila received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Philadelphia.