Board of Directors
William E. Simon, Jr., Co-Chairman
William E. Simon, Jr. is co-chairman of William E. Simon & Sons, LLC. The Firm, which he co-founded in 1988 with his brother and father, former United States Treasury Secretary, William E. Simon, Sr., has built a diverse and significant investment portfolio with holdings in real estate, private equity, and fixed-income securities.
Mr. Simon co-founded a successful municipal bond company in 1990, stemming from his previous experience holding senior positions on the municipal securities and foreign exchange desk for Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Earlier in his career, from 1985 to 1988, Mr. Simon worked in the Southern District of New York as Assistant United States Attorney under then United States Attorney, Rudolph Giuliani.
A 1982 Boston College Law School graduate, Mr. Simon earned his bachelor’s degree at Williams College where he serves today as a lifetime Emeritus Trustee.
He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the William E. Simon Foundation and the Cynthia L. and William E. Simon, Jr. Foundation. Through these foundations, Mr. Simon helps needy youngsters in urban areas through faith-based efforts. He and his wife, Cindy, established the Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation, providing state-of-the-art athletic equipment, curriculum, and training for Los Angeles area middle and high schools. The program now impacts more than one hundred thousand students per year.
In addition, Mr. Simon serves as Chairman of the Board for Parish Catalyst and The National Urban Squash and Education Association. He is a Trustee on the Boards of St. John's Health Center Foundation in Los Angeles and The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. Mr. Simon is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, and he also serves on the Board of Advisors at UCLA Health Systems. Mr. Simon is a member on the Board of Directors at Douglas Emmett and Co. and a current member of the Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Mr. Simon is a Visiting Professor at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Department of Economics. He is also a Professor of Practice at the University of Southern California, where he co-teaches a course with Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. In March of 2014, Mr. Simon was honored by the Pacific Research Institute with the Baroness Thatcher Liberty Award, and he has been the recipient of a number of honorary degrees.
Mr. Simon was the 2002 Republican Gubernatorial nominee in California where he came within five-points of unseating Gray Davis, despite being outspent three to one. In addition, Mr. Simon also served as Chairman of California and Director of Policy and Speech Writing for the Rudy Giuliani 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee.
Mr. Simon resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Cindy, and their four children.