Seasoned Strategic Advisement
Robyn Ritter Simon is a creative, connected and results-driven executive with 20 plus years' experience in public affairs, communications, advocacy, and development. She has superior communication skills coupled with a deep knowledge of the Southern California non-profit and political communities.
Ritter Simon is a co-founder of the highly acclaimed parent driven advocacy group The Beverlywood Moms which galvanized a neighborhood to take back their local public school. She twice ran for public office in Los Angeles assembling impressive endorsements and cementing herself as a champion and role model for women running for elected office. She is a former Mayoral appointed Commissioner serving as a Los Angeles Planning Commissioner for five years and is a battle-hardened public affairs professional who has demonstrated leadership skills illustrated in executive management positions held for the past decade.
Robyn began her career as a broadcast journalist and holds a Master's Degree in Broadcast Management. She developed, produced and hosted her own public affairs program "Robyn Ritter Reports" at a local NBC affiliate before launching her advocacy work. She is an often requested speaker at forums and conferences to share her journey from former broadcast journalist, to educational activist, to candidate, to public affairs professional all while raising three sons.
Robyn Ritter Simon is a Forward Thinker selected for her educational advocacy work to mobilize her community to support their local public school. Read her story HERE
Robyn coined the phrase and shares the popular mantra with future candidates and audiences she addresses: "There is a lot of Winning in Losing." Robyn encourages future leaders to embrace the philosophy that there is no loss in pursuing your dreams, no matter how difficult the challenge, and there is always much to be gained despite the outcome if you're following your passion.
For fifteen years Robyn has been an active participant with the National Women's Political Caucus, LA Westside, a national organization committed to gender parity in politics. Currently a Board Member, she has served as President, VP of Communications, and VP of Special Events in addition to serving as Vice President of Communication on the California State NWPC Board of Directors.
During her tenure, membership more than doubled, the group's political influence and visibility skyrocketed, and Robyn was instrumental in electing the group's endorsed candidates. Robyn was honored in the NWPC LA Westside 2009 Leadership Calendar as a Remarkable Woman along with Peg Yorkin, Gloria Allred, Laura Chick, Chris Essel, and former CA First Lady Sharon Davis, among others.
Professionally, Robyn has spent the past two plus years managing a team of development professionals as the Vice President of Development for LA's BEST, the nationally acclaimed after school enrichment program operated out of the Los Angeles Mayor's office. LA's BEST operates in 196 LAUSD schools and serves 29,000 children every academic school day. Prior to her development work, Robyn joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce as a Public Policy Director, advocating on behalf of businesses with city leaders.
When the Chamber inherited the well respect leadership training program, Leadership LA, Robyn was tapped to be the Executive Director of the program, which mentors future civic leaders. Robyn herself is a graduate of the New Leaders Project, a leadership training program offered through The Jewish Federation. Later, Robyn joined the Century City Chamber of Commerce as President & CEO, working with local leaders to build the Chamber's political influence in the business community and expanding the Women's Business Committee.
Robyn raised her family in the same community she grew up in and has served as a fixture in her community as a champion for local schools and quality neighborhoods. Robyn currently resides in Malibu, California with her husband of 28 years Brian Simon. Her eldest son Brandon was a collegiate athlete at Willamette University and graduated in 2013. Her twin sons Spencer and Harrison are sophomores in college. Spencer is studying Economics at UCLA and Harrison is a collegiate baseball athlete at Loyola Marymount University.
Robyn Ritter Simon is a power house empowerment speaker. Her specialty is inspiring conversations focused on women, politics, and motherhood. With Robyn's charismatic personality and natural gift to move others, she is a must have if you are looking to galvanize your audience or guests at your next event. Her remarks circle around the challenges of women and politics, reinventing yourself at any age, and raising healthy, balanced children.
Many organizations have requested Robyn for her extensive experience as a leader in the women's and political communities and for her candid remarks while sharing her experiences of running for public office.
Robyn is also available to tailor write remarks to mesh well with your groups' activities and goals. To request Robyn for your next event email her booking department at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 310.710.3112
National Women's Political Caucus, LA Westside Board members Robyn Ritter Simon
, Barbi Applequist
and Karriann Farrell Hinds
join West Hollywood City Council candidate Lindsey Horvath
and Dr. Jackie Filla
at Los Angeles swearing in for CA Attorney General Kamala Harris
. City Club, Los Angeles, January 2015