Julie SimpsonPartner and Director of Nonprofit Strategy & Capacity Building
Julie Simpson, Partner and Director of Nonprofit Strategy and Capacity Building at TCC Group, brings more than 25 years of experience to the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. With field-tested expertise in such areas as network and coalition strengthening, community partnership-building, education policy and curriculum development, gender rights, youth development, elementary and higher education, arts and culture, and advocacy, Simpson has helped numerous organizations develop and implement strategic and business plans, design new business models, and evaluate programs. In a prior role as the Executive Director for Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education, Simpson facilitated a new strategic plan, developed and implemented a business model based in an ecosystem framework, and developed nationally recognized, outcomes-based evaluation and assessment practices with which to measure all organizational and programmatic progress.
No stranger to entrepreneurial ventures, Simpson’s background includes several years as the Founding Director of the Cricket Island Foundation in New York City, which works to develop the capacity and commitment of young people to improve their lives and communities, as well as the world around them; she also co-founded Benevolent.net, a philanthropic social network that fosters direct connections between individual donors and those in need, and conceptualized and launched the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago.
Since joining TCC Group, Simpson has contributed strategic thought leadership and expert facilitation to planning processes with clients, including Charity Navigator, Philadelphia Education Fund, Nonprofit Centers Network, Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB), Federation for Protestant Welfare Agencies, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Girls Inc., Center for Jewish History, Open Society Foundations, Corporation for Enterprise Development, Great Oaks Foundation Network, Transportation for America, California Communications Access Foundation, Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund, Community Healthcare Network, Interfaith Youth Corps, Legacy Foundation, and Urban Pathways. Her reputation as a creative leader who can effectively move individual agencies, as well as networks and coalitions, to their next organizational lifecycles by helping them prioritize strategic programmatic goals, and immediately realize these goals through implementation, is widespread.
An active author and speaker, Simpson has published several articles in scholarly journals and has presented at many national and international conferences including the Independent Sector, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Mission Capital Conference, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO).
Simpson received her Master’s in Educational Policy and Curriculum Development from New York University after receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. She also holds Executive Business Education Certification from Harvard, Stanford, and Northwestern Universities.
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