Bio

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Simone N. Sneed-McGurl is non-profit management practitioner and professor who specializes in major gifts fundraising, corporate governance and board relations. Over the last decade Simone has raised and helped to deploy $25M in philanthropic capital for issues ranging from teen pregnancy prevention to environmentalism.  Currently, she is the Director of Board Relations for the Environmental Defense Fund, a global environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the systems upon which all life depends. In her role she ensures EDF’s ability to govern smartly and maintain institutional integrity in the US and abroad. Committed to nurturing the next generation of social impact leaders Simone also teaches reflective non-profit management practices to students as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Prior to EDF, Simone was part of the founding staff  of Van Jones’ social justice accelerator, Dream Corps. As the Chief Relationship Officer of a start-up, she learned what it meant to run an agile, nimble and resourceful organization.

As a writer and public speaker her 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. And she has presented at the Princeton University L.E.A.D Summit, American Express, 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. She’s 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 addition to her professional accomplishments, Simone proudly serves as the governance chair for of the Ms. Foundation Board of Directors and as an advisor to Be:More America.