Ivonne Simms
Programs Manager - South

Ivonne has over 15 years of comprehensive experience developing strong relationships with students, school leaders, and peers to expand educational access. In addition, she has a talent for teaching that has translated successfully from the middle school math, to adult GED classes, to freshman seminar at a community college.

Starting with her time as an undergraduate student leader at Boston University, Ivonne has created impactful programming, and managed large- and small-scale events. With that in mind, she decided to pursue a Masters in Higher Education Administration, and that led to a role  advising Graduate students at the City University of New York.

Ivonne relocated to Atlanta with her husband and two boys in 2005. After expanding her family from 4 to 5, she took a role with a non-profit that really allowed her to grow and flourish. As regional manager she was the face and voice in the Southeast, setting the tone for their work with over 30 independent schools, numerous organizations, and over 500 families annually. She enjoyed  supporting students and their families through their educational journey, and the organization enjoyed tremendous growth under her leadership. Ivonne is excited to bring her eloquence, humor, and natural gift for connecting with people to Candid. Making the world better has always been a motivation in her work.