Jo Anne has made her home in Brooklyn for over 40 years, and she has a well-earned a reputation as an effective community leader. Jo Anne has worked with all Brooklyn’s diverse communities to change the way decisions are made and make the system respond to people’s needs. She has fought to increase environmental justice, create affordable housing, promote street safety and provide better access to education. At the same time, she has worked to bring fiscal responsibility to the public agenda, so your tax dollars are actually working on your behalf.
The first in her family to attend college, Jo Anne graduated Iona College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences, earned a Master’s Degree in Education of the Deaf from Gallaudet University, and then earned her law degree at Fordham University School of Law – all while working full-time. After stints as a judicial law secretary and teaching in Hofstra University School of Law’s clinical program, she established a disability civil rights law firm in Downtown Brooklyn. Jo Anne is a nationally recognized expert in her field and her work was recently featured in the New York and National Law Journals. Jo Anne is also an adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Fordham.
Jo Anne has represented Brooklyn’s 52nd District in the NY State Assembly since 2014. She has passed major legislation on campaign finance reform, gun violence prevention, gender equity, and education. She has championed free school meals for all children and ensured that no kids are shamed because their families don’t have enough money to pay for school meals. Jo Anne helped secure equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, and sexual harassment protections. She chairs the Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance and co-chairs the Legislative Ethics Commission.
PTAHRA JEPPE, Esq.
As a native Brooklynite, born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, I know that Jo Anne Simon is a tireless leader. I couldn’t find any disability rights lawyer to represent me until I met Jo Anne. Since then, she has been my mentor, a dear friend, and has helped me fulfill my goal of becoming an attorney. I know first-hand that she cares about people and about community, and that she is what Brooklyn needs right now.
“Brooklynites are ready for Jo Anne Simon to be Brooklyn’s first female Borough President!”
CLAIRE T. MCCUE, MSW, M.Phil.
Jo Anne is an experienced grassroots community leader and a proven champion for women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, and the disability community. She is true to her values and has a deep connection to the communities she serves. She actively listens to and learns from the experiences of her constituents. I met Jo Anne while I was doing gun violence prevention after the school shooting at Parkland. Jo Anne passed a “red flag” law to prevent tragedies like this, and the NRA has targeted her for it. Jo Anne Simon has a tremendous amount of courage and grace.
Claire is the Project Leader, Eradicating Gender Based Violence, Women’s Justice NOW; Community Organizer, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School NYC Alumni Group
met Jo Anne through her work in the community, and she has shown that she is an effective leader who can build consensus on complicated issues. She has proven herself to be a deeply committed and thoughtful advocate and legislator. She has accomplished so much in the state legislature in such a short time. We need her vision here in Brooklyn to unite us and lead us during this difficult time.
Former Assemblymember, 52nd Assembly District
As a community advocate, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Jo Anne Simon over the last sixteen years. Her experience in development, transportation, employment and disability rights — to name just a few — make Jo Anne one of the most knowledgeable people I know in public office. But what’s most important is that she knows Brooklyn, and as Borough President, will bring the leadership our communities need to get back on their feet.
Gib is a member of the board of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, and Brooklyn Community Board 8.
MARY J. GOODWIN-OQUENDO, Esq.
Jo Anne possesses the authenticity, experience, and passion needed to truly unite Brooklyn. She has fought tirelessly for Brooklynites, advocating for quality public education, affordable housing, environmental justice, health care, small businesses, and criminal justice reform. Congress looked to Jo Anne when it needed someone to testify on the Americans with Disabilities Act over a decade ago. We’ll need her leadership as Borough President while Brooklyn deals with the long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary attended James Madison High School.