Program Manager and Research Associate, Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI), Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Simone is a program manager and research associate with the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she manages the PONI Nuclear Scholars Initiative, the program budget, and ad hoc events. Her interests include nuclear weapons security policy and strategy, budgetary implications, and the role of the public in nuclear policy. Her goal is to advance diversity in the field for herself and others like her with the intention of making decision-making rooms more diverse and representative. Previously, Simone worked with the Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative at CSIS, where she coordinated the planning and execution for the first Future Strategy Forum, a conference on national security issues featuring all women panels. Before moving to DC, she worked as project manager for a healthcare communication company in Chicago. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MA in international affairs from American University.

I am most excited to work on projects that… will help create change and make it a little bit easier for the next individual looking to pursue a career in nuclear security studies. 

I am looking for partners who can help me… think outside the box. 

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when my voice is heard.