Black Enterprise Board of Economist member Margaret Simms was recently appointed the first female vice president for research at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Simms becomes one of the few African American women to oversee a research department at a major Washington, D.C. think tank. The Joint Center conducts research on public policy issues of special concern to African Americans. Simms, formerly director for research programs, succeeds Milton Morris, a political scientist who had held the position for more than 16 years.
As director for research programs, Simms, a BEBE member since 1986, expanded the Joint Center’s economic policy program to include a special focus on minority businesses and job creation.
“Dr. Morris built a good foundation which we can expand our research efforts,” Simms says.”We must continue to predict which policy issues will have a critical impact on African Americans and be proactive in conducting research to inform our target group.”