Biography

Caroline B. Simmons is honored to represent the 144th District in Stamford, Connecticut, where she has served as a State Representative since 2014. She was appointed to be the chair of the Commerce Committee in her second term and successfully introduced, led debate, and helped pass over 16 bipartisan business bills on the House Floor. She is a passionate advocate for women and minority owned businesses and has helped passed legislation to provide more grants and access to capital to entrepreneurs and start ups and to support small business and job growth across CT. She also serves on the Higher Education and Employment and Human Services Committees, and was a member of the Public Safety and Security Committee. She was Awarded the 2015 Police Chiefs’ Legislator of the Year Award and the 2017 NARAL Pro Choice Connecticut Legislative Champions Award. Caroline also serves on the bi-partisan Young Legislators’ and Women’s Caucuses.

 

Caroline currently works at Yale University at Elevate: A Policy Lab to Elevate Mental Health and Disrupt Poverty, which is based out of the Yale School of Medicine, where she focuses on maternal mental health policies to help families thrive. Prior to this, she worked at the Women’s Business Development Council in Stamford where she helped provide entrepreneurial, financial, and professional development training programs for women in CT. Caroline currently serves on the WBDC’s board and on the Executive Committee Board of the Stamford Partnership. Caroline also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Wesleyan University, where she taught a class on state and local government.  

 

Previously, Caroline worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for four and a half years. At DHS, Caroline served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary, a Policy Analyst in the Office of the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, and as a Director of Special Projects in the Counterterrorism Coordinator’s Office at Homeland Security. In these roles, Caroline provided support for DHS’s domestic and international counterterrorism programs and helped support DHS’s programs and budget for its homeland security team in Kabul, Afghanistan, and traveled to Kabul multiple times in connection with this work. Caroline also worked to enhance the Department’s countering violent extremism and active shooter awareness and response training for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers. Before this, Caroline interned at the U.S. Department of State for the Middle East Partnership Initiative within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, where she assisted with economic empowerment programs in the Middle East.

 

Caroline served as 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. 

 

Caroline was born in Connecticut on February 10, 1986 and is the second oldest of five children. She has a BA in Government from Harvard University (2008) and an MA in Middle East Studies (2011) from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Caroline also studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco.

 

Caroline and her husband Art Linares live in Stamford and are the proud parents of two sons Teddy and Jack.