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Dina Simon, principal at Simon & Leroy LLC, is a leading international corporate strategist who has helped transform private companies, non- profit organizations and governments worldwide.
Ms. Simon’s impressive career in public service began at the New York State Education Department, where she helped to implement several key initiatives before transferring to New York City’s Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in a similar role. Seeking more challenging opportunities, Ms. Simon relocated to Virginia to assist with recruitment and onboarding efforts at Norfolk State University. It was while in this role, that she helped to implement that state’s first classification system.
Simon returned to New York City to lead the Human Resources unit at the Office of the Comptroller, supporting more than 750 employees and implementing several policies that improved the agency’s human resources operations. In 2014, Simon left the Comptroller’s office to head the Human Resources division at the NYC Department of Correction, where she was charged with redefining recruitment and retention. After just one year, she was appointed First Deputy Commissioner — the first and youngest woman to serve in that role. As the agency’s second-in-command, Simon was instrumental in helping to transform the NYC Department of Correction to the organization it is today.
In 2017 while on hiatus, Simon was again called to serve when Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the US Virgin Islands. At the then-Governor’s request, Simon formed the USVI Hurricane Recovery and Resiliency Task Force, which created the roadmap for rebuilding the territory. An ardent community advocate, Simon gives generously of her time and expertise to improve the communities around her. She serves on the board of The Haitian Roundtable and mentors several professionals, many of whom are now senior leaders at their respective organizations. Her passion project, My Haiti Travels, brings tourists and natives to Haiti for voluntourism projects which have contributed more than USD$250,000 to the island’s economy.
A native of Haiti, Simon divides her time between New York City and St. Thomas, USVI, where she lives with her husband Alain, and her daughter Sydney.