Ian Thorne Simmons
Ian Thorne Simmons graduated with honors from Harvard College in 2000.
He initiates projects that seek to enhance democracy and is a real estate investor.
The results of various philanthropic and advocacy initiatives Mr. Simmons
has conceived and catalyzed have been featured in media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the International Herald Tribune
, as well as on CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN
Mr. Simmons was the silent partner in co-founding and seed-funding ActBlue, which makes it easier for citizens to raise money for candidates of their choice.
ActBlue has channeled over $40 million in political contributions since 2004.
Mr. Simmons volunteers as director of the Foundation for Civic Leadership
has made site visits to exemplary businesses and outstanding nonprofit initiatives in India, Pakistan, Russia, Mexico, the United States, Japan, China, the Philippines, Pakistan, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, Canada and Brazil.
also co-edited an anthology of wisdom tales from around the world about giving and receiving that is used in foundations, prisons and graduate schools.