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Biography of Regional Administrator

Lenita Jacobs-Simmons
Regional Administrator

Lenita Jacobs-Simmons serves as  Regional Administrator for the Employment and Training Administration in Region 2, Philadelphia.  In this capacity, she is responsible for oversight of ETA’s Philadelphia region which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Programs administered in the region by ETA and its State and grantee partners include the Workforce Investment Act, Unemployment Insurance, and the Wagner Peyser Act.  Ms. Jacobs-Simmons is responsible for the oversight of almost $2 billion in Federal grants administered by more than 120 grantee organizations.

Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Ms. Jacobs-Simmons was the ETA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations.  Ms. Jacobs-Simmons has a distinguished history of public service in South Carolina where she served as the Grants Administrator for the Charleston County government, and Executive Director of the Trident Workforce Investment Board. In these capacities, she was responsible for unifying a tri-county area and implementing the first One-Stop Delivery System in the State of South Carolina.

A Philadelphia native, Ms. Jacobs-Simmons is a graduate of Temple University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.