Simone Downs is a Tulsa Service Year Fellow in theCivic Engagement Track working for the City of Tulsa Mayor’s Office. A recent graduate of Princeton University, Simone spent her undergraduate career studying Public& International Affairs with certificates in Technology & Society andSouth Asian studies. Her research focused on making justice accessible to all, culminating in a thesis advocating for gender-inclusion on supreme courts across South Asia. She enjoys working towards social goals at the local and global level, having worked to expand access to education in both her hometown of Philadelphia, as well as in Mumbai, India. She has also partnered with theUnited Nations Women’s Civil Society Division to discuss gendered structures in faith-based institutions worldwide. For her most recent project, she worked with local farmers to redress the inequities in New Jersey’s food system.
Simone is a big proponent of community engagement. She loved leading service trips in her local community to help first-year students connect with ethical volunteering opportunities. She greatly enjoyed mentoring underclassmen as a Jewish Learning Fellow and a Women in Economics & Policy leader. She is excited to continue working on community development in her role with the City of Tulsa.
In her free time, Simone likes cultivating a sustainable lifestyle. She loves to try out new vegetarian recipes, explore farmer’s markets, enjoy local parks, and read about innovations in sustainable energy. She also looks forward to exploring the arts & music that Tulsa has to offer.