As the director, Simpson leads a team of seasoned professionals who nurture opportunities for affecting positive systemic change in communities and executing programming efforts aligned with the foundation’s mission. He focuses on funding opportunities that enable the foundation to make progress in ensuring that all children can grow and thrive by having love, good parenting, high-quality food, physical activity, interaction with nature and access to health care.
He joined the foundation in 2010 as a program officer on the Food, Health & Well-Being team, focusing on improving birth outcomes, becoming director in 2015. Prior to joining the foundation, Simpson spent nearly 15 years with CityMatCH in Omaha, NE, an organization focusing on maternal and child health needs in U.S. urban areas. He held positions including: executive director (2007-2010); director of operations (2002-2007); program & policy manager (1998-2002); and project coordinator, policy & research (1996-1998). Since 2007, he has also been an instructor of child health policy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics.
Other former professional positions include: disease control intern for the Jefferson County Health Department, Birmingham, AL; Peace Corps fellow at University of Alabama, Birmingham; teen counselor at Eastern Nebraska Human Services Agency, Omaha; teacher at Rankin County Schools, Brandon, MS; biologist/observer at Frank Orth and Associates, Bellevue, WA; and Peace Corps volunteer in the United Republic of Tanzania.
He has served on the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs Board of Directors and HealthConnect One Advisory Board of the Community-based Doula Leadership Institute. He is a member of the Association for Prevention Teaching & Research, International AIDS Society and American Public Health Association.