Simon is a manager in Bridgespan’s San Francisco office, and has worked extensively with both philanthropy and nonprofit clients.
Within the philanthropy practice, Simon has supported a major institutional funder to determine how to best partner with ultra-high net worth individuals to unlock greater giving, advised a family foundation interested in exploring place-based investments, assisted high-net worth individuals on their philanthropic commitments to further educational technology, and developed a growth plan for a foundation doubling its charitable giving.
With nonprofit clients, Simon has served as a coach and advisor to organizations participating in Bridgespan’s group consulting model, Leading for Impact. Other select engagements Simon has supported include helping a nonprofit refine its program offerings as part of its robust place-based strategy and developing a turnaround plan for a national civil rights organization.
He is an active contributor to Bridgespan’s thought leadership on philanthropy – spearheading research on the philanthropic response to COVID-19, an investigation into novel, more equitable approaches to philanthropic strategy
(with findings published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review
), and, is co-author of the recent publication, “Releasing the Potential of Philanthropic Collaborations
” (Bridgespan.org, 2021).
In addition to philanthropic thought leadership, Simon’s research and writing on technology and the social sector
as well as youth employment
have also been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review
Prior to joining Bridgespan he worked at a consulting firm providing evaluation services to the social sector. Simon received his Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, where he also worked with the Haas Center for Responsible Business, and a B.A. with distinction from Pomona College.