Howard Simon

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Howard Simon, MA, MBA, JD is a business, legal and human resources consultant specializing in infrastructure-building, operations management, and organizational and senior leadership development for profit and not-for-profit businesses. In the private sector, Mr. Simon has worked for more than 25 years with emerging and established companies in the life sciences and related fields. In the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Simon’s work extends from public health, patient advocacy, arts and educational organizations to a wide range of groups serving the Bay Area Jewish community. He also is an experienced mediator and arbitrator of civil disputes, and a sought-after teacher and lecturer in Jewish studies and ethics.


Mr. Simon’s public service roles include officer, director and/or trusteeships with Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership, MUST (Music in Schools Today), the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, the Berkeley Hillel Foundation, Brandeis Hillel Day School, Congregation Ner Tamid, and Lehrhaus Judaica, among others.


In addition to his consulting role, Mr. Simon also serves as Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel at DNA2.0, Inc., a synthetic biology and protein engineering company located in Menlo Park, California, where his responsibilities include business operations, legal matters (including biosecurity), and human resources. He also is a founder of WisdomBox™, a new iOS application for video-recording one’s stories, advice, aspirations and hopes, and sharing that legacy with the people one loves at the moment one chooses, including in the future.


Mr. Simon holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, a JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley), a Master of Arts Degree from the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massacusetts. He also is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional and Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional.


Clientele (Recent Sample)

• Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco

• Brandeis Hillel Day School

• Congregation B’nai  Shalom

• Congregation Etz Chayim


• Peninsula Sinai Congregation

• San Francisco Conservatory of Music


He is a current or former member of the following Boards of not-for-profit organizations:

• Bay Area Human Resources Executive Council (BAHREC)

• Berkeley Hillel Foundation

• Brandeis Hillel Day School (BHDS)

• Breathe California

• California Consortium of Education Foundations (CCEF)

• Congregation Ner Tamid of San Francisco

• The Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley (GTU)

• Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCC-SF)

• Lehrhaus Judaica

• Music in Schools Today (MUST)


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