Delphia Simmons, MBA

Director of the Passport to Self-Sufficiency™, Coalition on Temporary Shelter

Delphia is a member of the leadership team at Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Detroit Michigan where she serves as director of the Passport to Self-Sufficiency™, COTS’ theory of change for fostering poverty-resistant families. She is the founder of Thrive Detroit, L3C, whose mission is to provide micro-enterprise opportunities for low-income individuals and publishes Thrive Detroit Street Newspaper and blogs for the Huffington Post.

Delphia values the cross sector exchange of knowledge and ideas as a means to societal change and has focused on business strategies that contributed to the greater good of Detroit’s communities. A native Detroiter, she has worked for the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, owned a small franchise, served on the leadership team of a private foundation with an overseas mission to feed food-insecure children, and as project director for a $6.2 million homeless prevention program.

Delphia currently serves on the several committees that promote equity and support community and is a 2015-2017 Detroit Revitalization Fellow. She earned a Bachelor of Business and Master of Science in Business Administration from Madonna University.