Simone Coxe has been involved in the public benefit sector for more than 25 years, with a wealth of experience on nonprofit boards and in fundraising. Her professional accomplishments have primarily been in marketing, and her philanthropic interest is focused chiefly on supporting independent media. She is board chair of Internews, an international NGO whose mission is to empower local media worldwide. She is also co-founder and board chair of CALmatters, a non-profit journalism venture focused on California state government and politics. Ms. Cox has been a KQED Public Radio director for seven years. Her previous board work includes the World Affairs Council of Northern California, The Pluralism Fund, and Palo Alto Partners in Education. Her business background is in high-technology public relations. In 1985, she co-founded the public relations firm Blanc and Otus, and was its CEO until 1998, retiring in 2002 after the firm’s successful integration with Hill and Knowlton. She is an alumna of Sarah Lawrence College and UC Berkeley.