Simone Friedman is the Head of Philanthropy and Impact Investment for EJF Philanthropies, managing grantmaking efforts across sectors, including those related to supporting impact campaigns for documentary films and nonfiction books. Simone is currently serving as the impact producer for the Eating Animals film, directed and produced by Christopher Quinn.
She is also managing the impact campaign for Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, “We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast”, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the USA on September 17, 2019.
Prior to her involvement with EJF Philanthropies, Simone founded and later sold an analytics company that used proprietary software to identify trends in patenting. Simone graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University, which she attended on an academic honor scholarship, and she holds a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning degree, with a concentration in Policy Analysis, from the University of Virginia.
Simone serves as a member of the board of Global Wildlife Conservation and is the vice chair of the board for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. She is an Honorary Conservation Fellow for the Zoological Society of London, and is active in several networks for philanthropists and impact investors.
Selected Media Mentions:
“Creating Food Systems Change Through Storytelling,” Power of Ideas, Milken Institute, May 2019
Voices from the Field: How Financial Innovation Can Enable Inclusive Opportunity Zones (By Lori Bamberger and Bruce Katz, Drexel University Nowak Metro Finance Lab, March 29, 2019, Page 6)