Speakers

Dina Simon
Dina Simon

Chief Executive Officer

US Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery and Resilience Task Force

Dina Simon was appointed CEO of the USVI Hurricane Recovery & Resilience Task Force by the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands in November 2017, responsible for leading the initiative to produce a comprehensive report on the impact and recommendations for effective USVI recovery and resilience after the two 2017 category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria.

Prior to the 2017 hurricanes, Ms. Simon served as Senior Advisor to Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, providing him strategic counsel, helping to lead special projects in the areas of philanthropy, and strategic public-private partnerships and serving as the Governor’s liaison between cabinet members, special interest groups, elected officials and stakeholders.

With 20 years of experience in the public sector, Ms. Simon is a nationally recognized human-resources expert. Prior to working for the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Ms. Simon served as the First Deputy Commissioner of the $1.3 billion NYC Department of Correction. The first woman to occupy her position. Ms. Simon was on the front lines of transforming the Department of Correction, which is undergoing comprehensive reforms after years of neglect. Ms. Simon was instrumental in transforming the NYC law enforcement agency by changing the organizational culture to emphasize safety, improving civilian and uniform leadership diversity, fielding a recruitment unit, pursuing unprecedented community outreach, and rebranding Department of Correction as not just a job but a meaningful career.

Ms. Simon holds a Master of Public Administration from Long Island University, C.W. Post and a Bachelor of Science from State University of New York College at Brockport.  She also earned her Professional in Human Resources certification from the Society of Human Resource Management and garnered professional certifications from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  She currently resides in St. Thomas with her husband and daughter.

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