Jennifer Brown Simon is originally from Roslyn, NY. She married Neal Simon in 1994 and they have three children, Jake (19—attends Brown University), Ike (17) and Sophie (15).
Jennifer graduated from Yale University in 1989 where she captained an ivy league champion women’s varsity tennis team. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard, she took time to work for the International Rescue Committee in Malawi doing drought relief work.
Jennifer began her working career as a legislative assistant for then-Congressman Ted Weiss of New York. From 1994-1996 she served as a consultant for McKinsey & Company where she analyzed and helped solve major business/management problems of large corporations.
From 1996 to 2000, she served as the executive director of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, which served 1,500 low-income youth with access to educational and sports activities. As executive director, Jennifer repositioned the organization from a struggling recreational tennis program to a thriving, nationally recognized comprehensive youth development program and expanded the educational programs significantly by starting a college prep center and a literacy program in partnership with Reading is Fundamental.
After working for DC Mayor Anthony Williams as a special assistant, from 2002-2004, Jennifer worked for Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), where she was a member of the senior management team involved in strategic and tactical activities. While at VPP, Jennifer served as lead partner on several investments in VPP’s portfolio, including education, out-of-school-time and youth development areas.
From 2005-2015 Jennifer worked with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, holding several titles including director of strategy and resource development. As member of the senior management team, she advised and led efforts in programmatic and organizational strategy, performance measurement, fundraising and general organizational matters, such as HR and board development. She also helped design and launch their highly successful Latino Initiative.
For the last three years, Jennifer has served as a management consultant, often pro bono, for various local non-profit organizations including Interfaith Works and The Center for Inspired Teaching. She is a very active volunteer for College Tracks, helping low-income Watkins Mill High School students apply to college and obtain scholarships. She also mentors and tutors a Montgomery Community College student through the Future Links program and serves on the executive committee of her neighborhood board. Last year, Jennifer and her family were honored as Interfaith Works’ “Humanitarians of the Year.”
Jennifer spends much of her “free” time driving and traveling with her two high-schoolers, both of whom are competitive athletes. She loves to read, watch movies, play tennis and do anything outdoors.