Simone Friedman is the Head of Philanthropy and Impact Investment for EJF Philanthropies, managing grantmaking efforts across sectors, including those related to species conservation and sustainable food systems. As part of her philanthropic work, Simone also serves as the impact producer for documentary films. The film in which she is currently involved, Eating Animals, is the recipient of the 2019 Environmental Media Association Documentary Award.
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, and she holds a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning degree, with a concentration in Policy Analysis, from the University of Virginia.