Simone Coxe is engaged with the topic of journalism sustainability for both commercial ventures and nonprofits. She is the co-founder and board chair of CalMatters and has been serving on the board of directors at KQED and of Internews for over a decade. 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.