Kim Simon, Managing Director

With responsibility for oversight of the Institute’s day-to-day operations, Kim Simon directs the development and implementation of all core mission activities including the education program, research agenda, documentation activity, public outreach, and administration. Simon acts as the Institute’s program and project manager; leading senior staff, setting strategic priorities and goals, analyzing program outcomes, developing implementation plans, and ensuring alignment with larger university and college strategies. Simon develops and manages relationships with board members, major individual donors, and foundations.

Simon worked in film production, primarily in Prague, Czech Republic and has spent the last 19 years working in the field of Holocaust video documentation and education.  In 1994, she joined the Shoah Foundation to help coordinate the effort to collect interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses around the world.  Simon subsequently established the Shoah Foundation’s office of global partnerships, creating and developing its international program agenda, and overseeing its work in 17 countries. Simon served as the Executive in Charge of Production of two of the Shoah Foundation’s documentary films, Volevo solo vivere (I Only Wanted To Live) and Nazvy Svoie Im'ia (Spell Your Name), produced in Italy and Ukraine respectively.

As Director of Programs from 2006-2008, she defined and directed the national and international education agenda, led its global communications and public outreach. When the Shoah Foundation merged with the University of Southern California in 2006, Simon oversaw the development of the USC Shoah Foundation’s new identity and branding.  

Prior to her post as Managing Director, Simon served as the Shoah Foundation’s Interim Executive Director (2008-2009), guiding the development of the Institute’s online platforms for providing access to the testimony to various audiences, including IWitness. 

Simon currently serves on the U.S. delegation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Simon received her BA in history with honors, from the Colorado College. In September 2011, Simon was awarded an Alumni Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater.