Tina Simms is currently a Design Engineer for AT&T’s Network Operation Construction and Engineering West Region. Tina’s AT&T technical background includes over 20 years of Outside Plant Design Engineering and Project Management (including Project Pronto-DSL, Project Lightspeed-Uverse, Project VIP-FTTB), including energy and utility association memberships.
Tina holds a Masters in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University. She is a Lead Faculty Area Chair for the College of Humanities & Sciences, as well as a part-time instructor for the University of Phoenix’s Bay Campus. Tina is a 2013 Distinguished Faculty of the Year Awardee, as voted by the students. Tina was a member of the Bay Campus team for Project Spectrum, the University’s project examining how to improve the new/returning student’s first year learning experience.
Tina is a very active, 19-year member of several of AT&T’s Employee Resource Groups [ERGs] and Employee Networks: Community NETwork [running for Board of Directors], AT&T Women of Technology & Network, AT&T Women of Finance, OxyGEN to name a few.
Tina has been a California MESA AT&T industry Volunteer since 1997. MESA [www.ucop.edu] is a 45-year old STEM organization whose STEM success model in California triggered replication in a number of other U.S. states from East to West. Tina has supported and guided MESA statewide and local funding efforts toward specific AT&T funding and hiring resources (AT&T Aspire, AT&T Technology Development Program). In 2012, Tina articulated the conference funding strategy that resulted 100% funding of the 2012 MESA Student Leadership Conference by external sponsorships for the first time ever! In the past, Tina has coordinated AT&T ERG Volunteer Teams for MESA Day Competitions at U. C. Davis, CSU Sacramento, CSU East Bay [Hayward], CSU San Jose State, and Skyline College.
Tina is a highly sought-after Leadership Development and Succession Planning presenter for Northern California and Bay Area STEM college and high school events. In 2016, Tina will be presenting at San Jose State University’s College of Engineering, Skyline College’s Expanding Your Horizons, to name a few STEM-related events. In the past, Tina facilitated Diversity Panels at CPUC’s California Utility Diversity Council’s Student Leadership Conferences.