*Image courtesy of Minette Hand.

*Image courtesy of Minette Hand.


Simone McGurl is an organizational designer, strategist and facilitator working at the intersection of community and the environment. Her practice as an organizer, fundraiser and social enterprise advisor has provided a platform for leadership in a diverse range of social enterprises. From her work as an early employee at Van Jones' Dream Corps to her time as the Director of Board Relations for the Environmental Defense Fund, she has sought to use organizing and design to build strong boards, healthy executive teams and sustainable workplace communities.. Currently she serves as the Chief of Staff at the Trust for Public Land and  teaches non-profit management at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service . She lives with her partner and their two cats in New York City; and occasionally in a log cabin in the Catskills. 

Where can you find me these days? 

5 Words that Other People Would Use to Describe Me

  • Systems Thinker

  • Catalytic

  • Strategic

  • Creative

  • Persistent

Points of Pride

  • Raised and deployed $25M in philanthropic capital for issues ranging from affordable housing for individuals with mental illness to environmentalism.

  • Operationalized Van Jones' vision for Dream Corps, a US based social justice accelerator

  • Designed a scalable framework for global strategy and governance at the Environmental Defense Fund

  • Taught over 300 students at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service how to manage and lead in the social impact sector

  • Led the community engagement process for a regional women's foundation that needed to relocate the local women's building

  • Partnered with Anurag Gupta to take Be:More America, an organization committed to reducing implicit bias in the healthcare sector from idea to implementation

  • Chaired the Ms. Foundation For Women's, Board of Trustees, Governance Committee from 2016 to 2019.