At all stages of his career, Jeremy Simon's diverse editorial work has helped organizations inspire and attract constituents, build community and consensus, and otherwise pursue positive change. He currently is director of strategic communications at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), an interstate regional agency with a broad portfolio of higher education programs supporting 16 U.S. states and territories.
Prior to his work at WICHE, he led advancement marketing and communications for the University of Colorado System, directing a creative services operation serving development partners on all four CU campuses, and overseeing functions ranging from media relations to digital communications to brand.
Jeremy joined CU in 2008 and played key roles during the university’s $1.5 billion Creating Futures campaign completed in December 2013: including authorship and editorial direction of primary campaign case statements, and founding and editorship of Creating Futures magazine. Jeremy helped manage CU through a major advancement transition, with 85 percent of staff moving from the independent CU Foundation to various CU jurisdictions, and optimized his department’s staff and service model toward this new alignment. Since leaving CU in 2016, he has done diverse editorial work on behalf of varied nonprofit and education clients.
Prior to CU, Jeremy served key communications roles for the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the National Arts Journalism Program. He began his career as a newspaper journalist, reporting on the arts, features, and business desks for the Colorado Springs Gazette, winning Society of Professional Journalists awards for arts and feature writing.
Originally from Scotch Plains, N.J., Jeremy received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University: his freelance writings of essays, humor and music criticism have been published here and there.
Outside the office, he is often found on his road bike (having completed three weeklong 500-mile mountain tours), at the Scrabble board (as a tournament competitor and former tournament director), at the pinball arcade (a classic Strikes and Spares machine adorns his living room). or searching far and wide for the best gumbo and the perfect Buffalo wing. He lives in Lafayette, Colo. with his two children Hank (10) and Nora (7).