MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Connecticut State Rep. Caroline B. Simmons of Stamford, Conn., has been elected to the board of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB). Rep. Simmons represents the 144th District in Stamford and is House Chair of the Connecticut State Legislature’s Commerce Committee.
“We are very fortunate that Rep. Caroline Simmons has joined our board and look forward to working with her as we move into the future,” says Thomas Madden, chair of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau and the Director of Economic Development for the City of Stamford.
“Her insight and knowledge of legislative business and her relationships with a wide range of residents across our state will enhance the efforts of our board and our members to generate new and returning conventions, meetings and sports events business for Connecticut.”
The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau is the State’s official meetings and sports event sales and marketing organization. Its President is Robert Murdock.
Rep. Simmons is co-chair of the Connecticut Young Democrats’ Women’s Caucus, and a member of the Stamford League of Women Voters and the Southwest CT Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. She also serves on the board of the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) in Stamford, where she previously worked, helping to provide entrepreneurial, financial and professional development training programs for women in Connecticut.
Earlier, Rep. Simmons worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for more than four years. As Director of Special Projects in the Counterterrorism Coordinator’s Office at Homeland Security, she provided support for DHS’s domestic and international counterterrorism programs. Rep. Simmons also helped support DHS’s programs and budget for its homeland security team in Kabul, Afghanistan, working to enhance the department’s efforts to counter violent extremism and active shooter awareness and response training for state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement officers.
Rep. Simmons received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Master of Arts degree in Middle East Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She also studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco. She and her husband, Art Linares, live in Stamford and are the proud parents of a son.
For more information about the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, visit www.CTmeetings.org.