A Transformative Leader with an Unparalleled Record of Fighting for a Better Arlington.
A sixth-generation Texan and a 35-year resident of Arlington, Alisa Simmons has deep roots and an unmatched commitment to our community.
This Marine Mom is the mother of two sons. The oldest is a graduate of St. John's University in New York and is a marketing project manager for a major corporate sports brand. Her youngest is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and serves our country as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. She is also mother to her niece, who is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Public Health.
Alisa runs her own small business. She is a HUB certified entrepreneur who understands first-hand the choices and challenges that go into making the bottom line. She is passionate about supporting fellow small businesses, strengthening the local economy, and creating opportunities for others to succeed.
Born and raised in Austin, TX, Alisa's parents instilled the importance of hard work at an early age. Both her mother and father were proud union members. They ensured she and her sister benefited from an excellent public education, beginning at Austin's historic Pease Elementary, the oldest continuously operating school in the state, established in 1876. At J. H. Reagan High School, she found her passion for Journalism. She graduated from Texas Woman's University with a degree in Journalism, and was a journalist for 12 years, working for KNOK/KHVN, KRLD, WFAA, and NBC5 as a writer, reporter, assignment editor and on-air.
Alisa transitioned from broadcast journalism to a career in public safety where she spent 22-years as a county 9-1-1 administrator, supporting dispatch operations of all Tarrant County EMS, police and fire departments. In her role as Public Information Officer and Marketing and Communications Manager for the Tarrant County 9-1-1 District, she utilized her expertise to improve the county's 9-1-1 network, communicate important messages to citizens, and educate the public about the 9-1-1 system. Her knowledge positioned her as a national subject matter expert and the go-to person resulting in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) committee appointments, election to the board of directors for state and national public safety communications professional associations and congressional awards.
In addition to her professional career, Alisa has dedicated herself to our community. She has served on the boards of countless organizations throughout Arlington and Tarrant County, working to improve the lives of those around her. Her service started when she was a young mother, as a room parent at her children's schools. Alisa enjoyed impacting schools and students by bringing a working mom's perspective at the building and district level. Her leadership was frequently sought after, which led her to serve on the Arlington Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, Chisholm Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross Board of Directors, and a 10-year member of the YMCA Arlington Board of Directors. In addition, Alisa has served as President of the Arlington NAACP, Second Vice President of Texas NAACP and was elected to the ACLU of Texas Board of Directors. Her authentic, collaborative, and no-nonsense style of leadership has resulted in an exemplary record of results in Arlington. Now, Alisa is running for the Texas State House to continue her commitment to service. In Austin, she will fight to improve our health care system and make sure that everyone has access to quality affordable healthcare. She'll work to fully fund and improve our schools so that our kids have the tools they need to be successful. And, Alisa believes that it's time to end the hyper-partisanship that dominates Austin and use common sense to solve problems facing Texas families. That's why she'll work across the aisle to get things done like improving our infrastructure and lowering property taxes for residents in HD 94.
ALISA'S CURRENT AND FORMER BOARD & COMMITTEE SERVICE
Second Vice President | Texas State Conference of NAACP Units
President | Arlington NAACP
Board Member | American Civil Liberties Union - ACLU Texas
Board Member | City of Arlington Comprehensive Plan Committee
Board Chairman | City of Arlington Library Board
Board Member | YMCA of Arlington
Board Member | Chisholm Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross
Board Member | Parenting Center of Tarrant County
Executive Director | Arlington Foundation for Excellence in Education
Active Member | Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
AISD District Level Instructional Decision-Making Committee
AISD Workforce Diversity Committee
AISD Textbook Adoption Committee
PTA Board | St. Alban's Episcopal School
PTA Board - Key Elementary, Gunn Junior High, Arlington High School
Site-based Decision Making Committee | Key Elementary