Simone believes that refugees and immigrants make our economy and community stronger, and that everyone does better with a network to support them. Simone works in global sustainability/CSR strategy at McDonald’s across climate, packaging & recycling, beef sustainability, Happy Meal nutrition and workforce training and development for youth. Prior to McDonald’s, Simone was a strategy consultant to various sustainability and social impact projects with Global Impact in Washington, D.C., The Alford Group in Chicago and with the United Nations (UNDP/UNORC) in Banda Aceh, Indonesia as part of the reconstruction following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. She holds a M.S. in International Public Service from DePaul University in Chicago and a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Schiller University, Madrid, Spain. Originally from Chicago, she lives in the Albany Park neighborhood with her husband Ross and their dog Sparks.