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Walter L. G. Simmons

President & CEO
Employ Prince George’s, Inc.

simmons-walter-l-g-mf3In 2016, at the age of 28, Walter Simmons became the youngest local workforce development board director in Maryland and one of the youngest workforce board directors in the country.

Simmons is the director of workforce services in Prince George’s County, which has the second-largest workforce system in the state of Maryland.

Previously, Simmons held various roles in workforce development and human services, including as a youth probation officer, out-of-school youth program manager and financial stability center manager.

In 2014, he was identified by the White House as a national leader in family financial stability center management and was selected to attend the White House Summit on Working Families.

The following year, he was invited to join the U.S. Secretary of Labor on a panel to discuss veteran employment, and in 2016, he was a featured speaker of the Department of Labor to discuss business engagement and apprenticeship in the U.S. public workforce system.

“I believe everyone is created equal, regardless of their income or title, and therefore I believe everyone should be treated with equal respect,” Simmons said.

Simmons serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Workforce Association, the Maryland Skilled Immigrant Task Force, and multiple task forces for the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations.

“Being humble and a servant has allowed me to stay grounded and keep working,” he said.

Simmons credits his success both professionally and in his interpersonal relationships to that attitude, a strong work ethic, and never saying no immediately.

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