Simon Greer

The Nathan Cummings Foundation


Simon Greer

President and CEO

Simon became the President and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation in January 2012 after a distinguished seven-year tenure at Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice (PJA & JFSJ).  During his time at PJA & JFSJ, Mr. Greer led the organization through a period of dramatic institutional growth, including three mergers, high profile campaigns, programmatic innovation and increased philanthropic impact.   Under his leadership, PJA & JFSJ developed the largest domestic Jewish service learning program in the United States, started an array of cutting edge leadership training programs, forged successful funder collaboratives and moved millions of dollars in low-interest loans to help businesses and homeowners revive the Gulf Coast after Katrina. In 2011 Greer was named to the Forward 50, an annual list of the country’s most influential Jews, in part for the role he played in convincing Fox News to cancel Glenn Beck’s popular daily show.  Mr. Greer’s attention to organizational culture, change management, and leadership development helped enable the organization’s growth and emergence as a strong advocate for a fair, just, and compassionate America.

Mr. Greer has worked as a labor and community organizer and social change leader for 20 years. He founded Jews United for Justice, an urban social change group in Washington, DC and served as the executive director for New York Jobs with Justice. 

At the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Mr. Greer will continue to teach and lecture widely on organizational development, philanthropy, and social movements.  He firmly believes in the importance of publicly addressing the pressing issues facing our country and looks forward to engaging with others committed to fulfilling the promise of America.