FUNDING AREAS: Science research, autism research, mathematics, physics
PROFILE: Marilyn Simons serves as President of the Simons Foundation. Her foundation bio shares:
Marilyn Hawrys Simons is president of the Simons Foundation. Under her leadership, the foundation has grown rapidly since its inception in 1994 to become one of the country’s leading private funders of basic scientific research. Simons is an advocate nationally for increased involvement of philanthropy in funding basic science.
Simons also has more than 25 years of experience actively supporting nonprofit organizations in New York City and Long Island. In addition to her work to advance basic science research, Simons has been involved in K-12 education for underserved communities. Simons is vice president of the board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an outstanding U.S. research facility specializing in molecular biology and genetics, and a board member of the Turkana Basin Institute, a research institution that supports scientific projects in the Turkana Basin, Kenya. She also is treasurer of the board of the LearningSpring School, a New York City school for children aged 5-14 with diagnoses on the autism spectrum, and a member of the board of trustees at the East Harlem Scholars Academy in New York City.
Simons received a B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.