Christine Simmons

Christine Simmons

President & COO

Los Angeles Sparks

Los Angeles, CA USA

Just because you have ‘failed’ at something, doesn’t make you a failure. It’s just a learning moment. It’s about managing how you perceive failure.


By Roadtrip Nation

Christine Simmons


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Attended UCLA and received a degree in physiological sciences as a pre-med student with the goal of opening nonprofit health centers to help her community.
Advocacy and diversity have always been her passions—admits that she spent more time doing community service than studying, so her grades suffered.
Instead of pursuing a medical degree, she attended a post-baccalaureate program and discovered that she could pursue her passion for community service in a different industry.
For over a decade, she worked in various diversity and sustainability roles for United Technologies, The Walt Disney Company, and NBCUniversal, Inc.
Got the opportunity to work for Magic Johnson Enterprises—first, as the vice president of strategic alliances and, later, as the organization’s executive vice president.
Was mentored directly by Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr.
Now serves as president & chief operations officer of the three-time WNBA championship team, the Los Angeles Sparks, and helped lead them to their 2016 championship.
Also serves on the Board of Directors for the UCLA Alumni Association and volunteers with Better Futures for Thomazeau, a nonprofit providing aid to Haiti.
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President & COO

I am the President & Chief Operations Officer of the three-time WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

My role covers basically everything on the business side of things. I deal with sponsorships, ticket sales, marketing, community relations, and more. I work with our general manager who scouts players and I make sure we have the money to pay them, etc.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Volunteer and intern for the part of the job that you think you would like the least. Getting experience in those areas will help you not only figure out what you really like, but will also allow you to tackle the areas you don't with a better perspective and appreciation.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I failed. I'm a failure."

Challenges I Overcame

Career Change
Single Parent
First-Generation College Student

Interviewed By

UCLA Roadtrip

UCLA Roadtrip

University of California, Los Angeles students and alumni