At the age of 19, Lateefah Simon became the youngest woman in the nation to head a social service organization when in 1998 she was named the Executive Director of San Francisco’s Center for Young Women’s Development, an organization dedicated to helping women in the juvenile justice system.
After being accepted to Mills College in 2004, Simon left the center to work as Director of Reentry Programs in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office under the direction of District Attorney Kamala Harris. In 2011, Simon was appointed the Director of the Rosenberg Foundation’s California’s Future initiative, a program that focuses on reducing the incarceration rates of women in California.
As a leader of the community, Simon, 36, is a member of several boards including the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Committee and the Women’s Foundation of California.
She has also received many accolades for her work, including recognition from the Ms. Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Oprah Magazine, and the National Organization for Women.
Vision 2020 recognizes Simon for representing its National Goal of women in executive leadership positions.