Staff Shoutout: Simone

PAWS NY welcomes Simone as our new Individual Giving Manager! She is currently working towards earning her M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University and has experience working with several nonprofit organizations, including The Chapin School.

Currently living in New Jersey, Simone grew up with lots of pets, including dogs, cats, and frogs, and she loves crocheting, reading mystery novels, and listening to True Crime podcasts. Read her full Q&A below and welcome Simone to the team!

A selfie of Simone, a young black woman wearing a black zip-up sweatshirt and backpack straps. She has on red lipstick and her hair is in a white hair wrap, knotted to the front.

What were you doing before joining PAWS NY?

Prior to joining PAWS NY, I was in the process (and still am until 2023) of getting an M.S. in Nonprofit Management. As a result, I was searching for a career that best aligned with my future master’s degree. Additionally, I had prior work experience in the nonprofit sector as working as the Campaign Coordinator for The Chapin School.  

What about this position and organization attracted you?

As someone who had previously worked as a Campaign Coordinator, I was seeking a position within a nonprofit role that would afford me the opportunity to expand my fundraising skills. 

Tell us about your pets, past & present.

I was raised in a household surrounded with pets. I was fortunate to give and receive love from my dogs, fish, and cats. Currently, I don’t have pets as my condo doesn’t allow them, but I’m grateful to give and receive love from my pets at my family home. 

A close-up selfie of Simone, a black woman with red lipstick, cat-eye makeup, and long braids.

Did you grow up in NYC? If not, when did you move here?

I didn’t grow up in NYC and I still don’t live in NYC. Rather, I live in New Jersey. My philosophy is that real New Yorkers live in New Jersey and commute to NYC. 

What is your favorite thing (or things) about living here?

Although I don’t live in New York City, I love working in and visiting the city. Although I’m fortunate enough to have lived in numerous major cities in the world, none of them are as magical as New York City. I love how New York City is the city that never sleeps. There’s always something to do and see in the city. That’s amazing and magical.  

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

I love crocheting, reading mystery novels, and listening to True Crime podcasts. When I was in high school, I used to make and sell crochet scarves to my fellow classmates and teachers.