William E. Simon Jr., is Co-Chairman of William E. Simon & Sons, LLC, a firm which he co-founded in 1988, that manages investment portfolios, with holdings in real estate, private equity and fixed-income securities. Mr. Simon also co-founded a successful municipal bond company and previously held senior positions on the municipal securities and foreign exchange desk for Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. From 1985 to 1988, Mr. Simon worked in the Southern District of New York as Assistant U.S. Attorney under then U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani. In 2001 he entered the political arena as a candidate for governor of California.
A 1982 Boston College Law School graduate, Mr. Simon earned his bachelor’s degree at Williams College where he serves today as Emeritus Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee.
He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the William E. Simon Foundation and the Cynthia L. and William E. Simon, Jr. Foundation. He and his wife, Cindy, established the Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation which provides state-of-the-art athletic equipment for Los Angeles area middle and high schools.
Mr. Simon serves as Chairman of the Board for the National Urban Squash and Education Association, and is also a Trustee on the Boards of St. John's Health Center Foundation in Los Angeles, as well as The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. In addition, Mr. Simon is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, and serves on the Board of Advisors at UCLA Medical Center. He is also a member on the Board of Directors at Douglas Emmett, as well as Oaks Christian School.
Mr. Simon is currently a Visiting Professor of Practice at UCLA School of Law, as well as Professor of Practice at the University of Southern California, where he team teaches a course entitled Cases in Modern Leadership together with Dan Schnur, who is the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.