Providence, RI (July 2019): The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council today announced John C. Simmons, who has served as its President & CEO since January of 2008, will be leaving at the end of 2019.
Simmons, who brought a keen focus to RIPEC, is credited with leading the organization in its objective, data driven analysis on a variety of critical issues that have confronted the state and municipalities over the past years. Among them: Public Finance, Education, Human Services and Economic Development.
Over his tenure Simmons, who has a deep understanding of Rhode Island government and public policy, has been a multi-talented and highly effective leader -- a trusted advisor to governors, legislative leaders, non-profits and the business community. Under his direction RIPEC has helped shape some of the most important government initiatives over the past decade: re-organizing the Commerce Corporation, financing for the school rebuilding and infrastructure programs, tax reform, and developing a model for improving Rhode Island’s education system.
“Since 1932, leaders of the business and nonprofit communities have volunteered their time to serve on RIPEC because they have shared the organization’s dedication to fiscal responsibility and its mission to make Rhode Island government more effective for all its citizens,” said Johnson & Wales University Chancellor Mim L. Runey, LP.D. who serves as the chair of the RIPEC Board of Directors. “Education has been one of RIPEC’s key public policy areas of focus because a quality education system is the foundation for a prosperous State of Rhode Island. John Simmons has been RIPEC’s voice at the State House and beyond advocating for reforms to improve curriculum and institute statewide standards. His thoughtful analysis in the areas of education and economic
development have helped draft legislation that will impact Rhode Island for years to come.”
“Over the past dozen years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the team at RIPEC to identify issues and partner in crafting solutions to address some of the most important challenges facing our state,” said Simmons. “I want to thank the RIPEC board and the many people whom I have worked with, including the three chairs Ronald Machtley, Robert DiMuccio and Mim Runey.”
Prior to his appointment as RIPEC’s President & CEO, Simmons served as Chief of Administration for the City of Providence. He has also previously served as the City of Boston's Chief Finance Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, and Deputy General Treasurer for the State of Rhode Island.
RIPEC has formed a search committee to select the organization’s next President and CEO. Search Committee members are: Mim Runey (Johnson & Wales University); Patrick A. Rogers (Hinckley Allen); Robert A. DiMuccio (AMICA); Shivan Subramaniam (FM Global); and Ronald K. Machtley (Bryant University). Simmons will also be assisting the committee in the selection process. Interested parties may submit a resume and other pertinent information via the RIPEC website: ripec.org/contact us/employment opportunities