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Expanding opportunities in America’s cities

Ariel H. Simon

Vice President, Chief Program and Strategy Officer
Executive Office
Opportunity Fund

As vice president, chief program and strategy officer, Ari oversees The Kresge Foundation’s programs and learning and evaluation departments, and directs the foundation's Opportunity Fund.  He leads Kresge’s efforts to explore new forms of cross-disciplinary and place-based work and to pursue imaginative uses of philanthropic tools, strategies and learning agendas.

Ari joined Kresge in January 2013 after five years with McKinsey & Company in Washington, where he focused on social innovation, economic development and public health. While at McKinsey, Ari was a co-author of  “And the Winner is…,” a study of prizes and their role in fostering innovation, and he worked with charitable foundations, nonprofits and governments across the Americas, Europe and Africa on issues of strategy, policy and advocacy, organizational effectiveness and governance.

Ari previously worked as a writer and editor for NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Report; for the United Nations Independent Inquiry Committee Investigation of the Oil-for-Food Programme; as a volunteer Red Cross paramedic in the Middle East; and as a legal researcher and writer at the Innocence Project and Williams & Connolly LLP.

Ari earned a bachelor’s degree in history and science from Harvard College, a master of science in biology from Oxford University, and a juris doctorate from Stanford University.

Photo: Douglas Schaible