Simone Collins
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Simone Collins



What is one life experience you have that voters should know about?

The most important thing I've learned in my experience doing everything from private equity and venture capital to illustrating instruction manuals for ophthalmic devices, working in a chocolate lab, and decorating cupcakes as a fondant artist, it's that long-held experience in a particular role or domain is overrated—and if anything, a hazard these days. When we hire people for our businesses, we look for grit, values alignment, and willingness to figure out hard new challenges. I hope those casting votes for candidates each election take a similar approach.

What sets you apart from other candidates?

I have broad experience not just with policy advocacy on an international scale (plus as master's in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge), but also business (I operate a travel management business my husband and I acquired through a small scale private equity model and we previously founded a startup together), nonprofits (my husband and I founded and run The Pragmatist Foundation, through which we published five bestselling books, and are launching a nonprofit school designed to eventually become a viable alternative to public school available to all), and public engagement (through our nonprofit work, we routinely speak and meet with a broad diversity of groups from different cultures and background and specialize in modern grassroots engagements).

How do you plan to work across ideological lines to achieve shared goals?

In my nonprofit advocacy work, I am constantly working across ideological divides (uniting very culturally disparate groups over issues we all care about addressing). I do the same in all realms of my work. To cross ideological lines is as simple as engaging with those who care about shared goals, regardless of their \"team,\" and focusing on common ground. As polarized as the media paints our country to be, Americans are actually pretty aligned and reasonable on many, many issues. By dropping dumb postering and focusing on that reasonable alignment, we can achieve a great deal.

What would be your top three policy priorities in office?

I am uniquely passionate about: 1. Leveraging tech and AI to improve and expand government services while increasing transparency and eliminating redundant bureaucracy (and therefore reducing expenses and citizens' tax burdens). 2. Supporting school choice (I believe tax dollars allocated for education should follow the student, whether they choose public school, private school, or homeschool). 3. Supporting policy that empowers and supports families and communities.