nance-simmons

Director of Communications

 

Entrepreneur, Public Servant, Community Activist, Media Maven and Mom! Nance splits her time doing the things she is most passionate about — being a full-time mom, proprietor of an international QSR franchise, serving communities and producing meaningful media projects.

Longtime journalist, Nance has worked for various television news outlets including ABC, PBS, BET, HBO and CNN — she has done everything from assignment editor to producer to researcher to production associate to on-air correspondent — and has covered everything from sports to politics to entertainment to community news. Currently, Nance is executive producing two documentaries entitled “Resilience: The Women of Haiti” currently in post-production and “The Power of Ice,” in pre-production. Her previous documentary experience includes but not limited to lead researcher and video archivist for “Thug Life in D.C” which won an Emmy.

Nance is a very active volunteer in the community, participates regularly in public speaking engagements and serves on numerous community boards and associations including being president of a local association she founded, the Lusby Business Association. She has also been a long-time member of numerous organizations which include but not limited to the National Association of Black Journalists, National Press Club, Black Public Relations Society, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Concerned Black Women, Minority Business Alliance and Southern Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce.

Nance is a sole proprietor of several U.S. based businesses, including the international quick service restaurants, Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins, where she is currently the only Black female-owned and controlled franchisee for the brand in the region. Always looking to expand, Nance is currently pursuing additional U.S. and overseas business opportunities.

Nance received her B.A. from Howard University in Political Science and Administration of Justice and her Masters of Public Administration in Political Communications from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.

Nance is the proud mom of two very active kids — Jérémie, 9 and Jôseline, 11 — an awesome gymnast and ice skater, respectively. Nance loves to travel and speaks French, Haitian Creole and some Spanish. Originally from New York, Nance currently lives in the Washington, D.C metropolitan area.