Mia Simms is a Washington DC native and local media personality whose goal is to create a better tomorrow by serving the community though acts of service today.
In May of 2013 Mia joined the ranks of Virginia Tech alumna, with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with double minors in African and African American Studies.
During her undergrad years Mia worked as a teacher’s aide in local elementary schools, as a resident advisor, a semester as a student-teacher with the High Tea Society‘s after school enrichment program, as DJ and journalist for the local radio affiliate WUVT Blacksburg, and ran her own locally renowned blog, Southern Fashionista—which includes her adventures exploring the fashion and entertainment world of Southwest Virginia and Washington, DC.
Following graduation she spent a year with AmeriCorps, serving with a dropout prevention organization in Washington, DC developing a searchable resource guide for all 8 wards of the District; coordinating community events for students; and sourcing and funding resources for students’ success. After completion of her term, Mia was inspired to continue a life of service and joined a finance firm on-contract in Columbia, MD developing funding proposals for mixed-use real estate proposals through the New Markets Tax Credit funding season. Incidentally, many of these projects included the maintenance and upgrade of educational institutions. She maintained her roles all while serving and speaking the District of Columbia as Miss Black Washington, DC US Ambassador 2013 and placed in the final top ten at the national competition.
Encouraged by a strong sense of service and her growing dedication to affect change in the Montgomery College’s AAS program for Early Childhood Instruction and Education, with the goal of forming her own education institution. With this degree competed by December 2017, and a nonprofit board of industry experts, Mia is well on her way to enrolling students of her own early childhood institution in the next 12-18 months.
In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, shopping, knitting, hanging out with friends, maintaining an online store “Polka and Dot”, writing for her own blogs and other publications, as well as volunteering in the community
One of the causes dear to her is her service with the Tigerlily Foundation as an Ambassador. As a Tigerlily Ambassador she attends and facilitates local events to fundraise for the nonprofits’ mission to advocate for, encourage and empower women of all ages before, during and after breast cancer.
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