Currently a volunteer teacher and mentor at the Executive Development Institute at Dillard University, former Fire Chief Gerald Simon commands an impressive resume of both professional and philanthropic achievements. He served as Fire Chief for a combination paid/volunteer Fire Department in Santa Clara, California, from 1993 to 1999. From 1999 to 2004, he held the dual role of Fire Chief and Director of Homeland Security in Oakland, California. Between 2005 and 2007, Mr. Simon served as Interim Fire Chief in Union City, California, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.In his current position at Dillard University in New Orleans, Mr. Simon improves opportunities for emerging fire service leaders. This is not his first foray into volunteering. Gerald Simon has donated his time and talent to various philanthropic organizations for almost three decades. His contributions to his community have ranged from coaching children and adults in various sports to developing policies and budgets. Incorporating the leadership skills amassed through his years of professional development, Gerald Simon has served on the boards of the following organizations: Goodwill Industries International, Inc., the Centre for Living with Dying at the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara, and the Violence Prevention Board for the City of Oakland. During his time as Fire Chief in Santa Clara, Gerald Simon sat on the Board of the Mission City Community Fund, a group dedicated to raising funds for the Salvation Army as well as local charities. From 1997 to 2000, he fulfilled the role of Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County. During his term, Gerald Simon was recognized with the Cearley-Adam Award for outstanding mentorship.In the professional realm, Gerald Simon has volunteered as the Corresponding Secretary of the Black Chief Officers Committee of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters. Furthermore, he served as President for the Fire Chiefs Section of the League of California Cities and sat on its Board of Directors. Today, he serves on the St. Ignatius College Preparatory Board of Regents.