Brad Simmons

Alumni United Committee Co-chair

Subject Matter Expert

Alma Maters


Upon completing his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Finance from the University of Detroit Mercy 1979, Brad Simmons embarked on a career with Ford Motor Company that has stretched over 40 years. In that time, he has held positions in finance, governmental affairs, and community relations, and was instrumental in producing the company’s first corporate citizenship report.

He later served for more than a decade as Director of the Office of the Executive Chairman, and today is involved in supporting a variety of civic, philanthropic and special projects.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Brad also earned an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1984 and is a graduate of both Leadership Detroit and Leadership Michigan. He also served as an adjunct lecturer for 15 years in the business school at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Various community roles presently include service leadership to United Way for Southeast Michigan, American Red Cross, HAVEN, Boy Scouts of America, Brother Rice High School, University of Detroit Mercy, Student Leadership Services, Girl Scouts for Southeast Michigan, and Science & Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit, among others. He also previously served on the boards of the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and in a supportive role to both Business Leaders for Michigan and the Detroit Economic Club.