Hi I’m Simone, a #managementgeek and #futurist building a community of mission driven mid-career professionals.
I read my first management book when I was twelve years old and I was hooked. At sixteen you can’t be a management expert, but you can be a college freshman. So that’s what I did -and after graduating high school at 16 and college at 19, I started building my career.Originally a policy analyst, I’ve spent the last ten years doing the three things that I love: (1) creating effective and dynamic relationship management strategies for high net worth individuals (2) leading cross functional teams to shared successes and (3) teaching and developing the next generation of social impact leaders.
After raising $25M in philanthropic capital for issues ranging from teen pregnancy prevention to environmentalism, I decided to use my relationship management skills in a new way. I’m now the Board Liaison for the Environmental Defense Fund. Every day I have the opportunity to strengthen our ability to govern smartly, develop meaningful partnerships and help our trustees execute against strategic priorities. When I’m not at EDF, I’m teaching public service management to students as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Prior to EDF, Van Jones and I worked together to build Dream Corps. As the Chief Relationship Officer of a start-up social justice accelerator I learned what it meant to run an agile, nimble and resourceful organization. And now there is a home for national campaigns like #cut50, #YesWeCode and Green For All working to close prison doors, open doors of opportunity into a green economy.
As a writer and public speaker my work has appeared in Blavity, The Huffington Post, CNN, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Journal of Governmental Finance and Public Policy. Levo League, Policy Mic and Cosmopolitan Latina. I have presented at the Princeton University L.E.A.D Summit, the Center For Non-Profit Management, New York University’s Social Enterprise Bootcamp, SoapBox Feminist Camp, The NYS Society of CPAs and the New Leaders Council. I’ve also received numerous awards and fellowships including the University at Albany’s “30 Under 30” award, NYU Wagner’s IGNITE Fellowship, New Leaders Council Fellowship, Center For Women in Government Fellowship and participated in the George Washington Graduate School of Political Management Semester in Washington program.
In spend my free time developing Uptown Upstate Arts Exchange, a regional arts advocacy initiative working to advance the exchange of arts and culture between New York City and the Catskills. I also sit on the board of the Ms. Foundation and Be:More America.