Lateefah Simon Giles Symposium Speaker

Lateefah Simon

Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area


Lateefah Simon has been working as a community advocate since she joined the Center for Young Women's Development as a volunteer at the age of 15. By 19, she had become executive director of the organization, working with people who were homeless, low income or previously incarcerated.


In 2003, Simon was awarded the MacArthur Fellows "Genius" grant. While attending Mills College, Mills was recognized by the California State Assembly as "California Woman of the Year" in 2005 as well as receiving the Jefferson Award for her continued advocacy from the American Institute for Public Service in 2007.


Currently, Simon is working with the Rosenberg Foundation to reduce incarceration rates of women in California's prison system as well as reduce and prevent children's exposure to violence and trauma while creating a network of services for child victims.