Stephanie Simon joined Harvard Chan School in August 2021 as its first vice dean for strategic communications, a position created to unify and amplify the School’s voice in public health discussions around the globe.
Before joining Harvard Chan, Stephanie served as a managing director of Ten Bridge Communications, where she established and executed communications strategies for biotech companies on the frontiers of drug discovery. Her work at Ten Bridge focused on scientific communications and thought leadership for executives in fields such as gene therapy, genome editing and RNA therapeutics.
Stephanie started her career as a journalist. As a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and later for the Wall Street Journal, she traveled the country exploring the real-world impact of political debates and policy decisions on issues including abortion, health care, poverty and the environment. She also spent several years covering national education policy at POLITICO and Reuters, with a particular focus on the rise of charter schools. In 2015, Stephanie helped launch the life sciences publication STAT, working closely with a small leadership team to shape the publication’s editorial and business strategies. As managing editor, she then directed STAT’s extensive coverage of the biopharma industry.
Stephanie holds a bachelor of arts in English from Yale.