Simone N. Sneed


Simone N. Sneed is a strategist and social entrepreneur building the capacity of women and girls and the institutions that empower them to discover and leverage their full potential.

Known for her electric energy and infectious positivity, she has dedicated her life and career to ensuring the development and implementation of practical strategies to radically shift the life experiences and outcomes for women and girls both in the U.S. and abroad. With a background in policy development and analysis, coupled with a decade of experience in non-profit fundraising and management, Simone’s work is informed by change management, social justice and a commitment to individual wellness and joy.

Currently, Simone is the Director of Development and External Affairs for Inwood House, a 183 year old non-profit creating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable teens in New York City. In her role, she is exploring the possibility of non-profit intrapreneurship, innovative social impact business development and the application of radical management techniques in the social sector.

She is also the Founder and CEO of Catching Brilliance, a social enterprise dedicated to creating a world where women and girls can thrive.

As an expert and thought leader on non-profit sustainability, philanthropy, women and girls and leadership, Simone is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post , Levo League and Shimmer Teen .  She has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post Life Live,  The Journal of Governmental Finance and Public Policy, Ebony Magazine, The Advocate and Loop21.

Simone is a graduate of the University at Albany, a past fellow of the University at Albany’s Center for Women in Government , the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and the New Leaders Council. She is currently a 2013 NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service IGNITE Fellow.

In her free time she enjoys her role as a strategic advisor  and faculty member for various social impact initiatives, including The Brown Boi Project, The One Percent Foundation and The Redwoods Initiative.

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Photograph by Russell Frederick Photography