Global Philanthropy Partnership Key Staff

Adele S. Simmons, President

Adele Simmons is a senior executive of Metropolis Strategies (formerly Chicago Metropolis 2020), a senior advisor to the World Economic Forum, and President of the Global Philanthropy Partnership.  At
Chicago Metropolis Strategies, she focuses on environmental and sustainability issues, and provided leadership for the 2009 Burnham Plan Centennial.  She was co-chair of the Task Force that developed a Climate Action Plan for the city of Chicago, and is a member of the Green Ribbon Committee, overseeing its implementation.  Mrs. Simmons was president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation between 1989 and 1999, overseeing grants of over $175 million a year. The Foundation’s international programs focus on the environment, population, international peace and security, understanding inequality within and among nations, and climate change.

Since leaving the MacArthur Foundation, Mrs. Simmons has been spending part of her time strengthening the infrastructure of global philanthropy through her work with the Chicago Global Donors Network,
the World Economic Forum, the Global Fund for Women, the Synergos Institute, the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy, the World Bank, and the Global Equity Initiative.

Mrs. Simmons is a member of the board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Field Museum, the Environmental Defense Action Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Synergos Institute, and Marsh and McLennan. She is a founder of Global Chicago.

Mrs. Simmons served on President Carter’s Commission on World Hunger and President Bush’s Commission on Sustainable Development and was a member of the Commission on Global Governance, as well as the UN High Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. Before joining the MacArthur Foundation, Mrs. Simmons was President of Hampshire College and, prior to that, Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University.

April Kanne Donnellan, Executive Director

April K. Donnellan joined Global Philanthropy Partnership as executive director in 2005. She previously served as program director of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations (now Chicago Council on Global Affairs). Prior to that, Ms. Donnellan was a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State completing assignments in Port Louis, Mauritius and Washington, DC. April served as staff assistant to the assistant secretary for international organization affairs, and as a sanctions/peacekeeping officer covering the Middle East and Africa. She earned a Meritorious Honor Award for her work implementing multilateral sanctions. Ms. Donnellan, a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is a graduate of Georgetown University and fluent in French.

In 2007, April was named a Next Generation Fellow, participating in the Midwest Assembly of the Next Generation Project of the American Assembly. For the Midwest Assembly’s report, please see: U.S. Global Policy & The Future of International Institutions PDF Document.