Simone has over thirty years of commercial real estate and finance experience. She is a principal and co-founder of CSG Urban Partners (CSG), a real estate advisory and development firm that specializes in public-private and non-profit real estate development and advisory services. Simone’s work focuses on the revitalization of urban communities, development finance, and non-profit strategic real estate planning. CSG’s current real estate projects include the 430,000 s.f. Shops at Dakota Crossing retail shopping center anchored by Costco and Lowes and Valo/St. Matthews, a mixed-use project that includes 221 residential units and the new St. Matthews Lutheran Church and Thurgood Marshall Community Center. CSG was also selected by the District of Columbia, in partnership with MRP Realty and Taylor Adams Associates, to transform the former Temple Courts apartment complex into a vibrant, mixed-use development known as Northwest One that will include 750 units of mixed-income housing plus ground-level neighborhood serving retail uses.
Prior to creating CSG, Simone served as Vice President of Real Estate Development for the National Capital Revitalization Corporation where she managed many of the District’s largest public-private real estate projects including over 1.5 million square feet of commercial space and 1,200 housing units. Before joining NCRC, she was Director of Operations at the Fannie Mae American Communities Fund, a real estate investment fund created to invest capital in emerging communities across the Nation. Simone began her career in finance as a Vice President with the Bank of America Community Development Lending Group, where she was responsible for underwriting and managing a real estate loan portfolio of projects in the Washington, DC metro area.
Simone has been honored by the Washington Business Journal as one of the District of Columbia’s Minority Business Leaders. She is a member of the Lab School of Washington’s Board of Trustees and serves on the Finance Committee of the Washington School for Girls. She is an active member of the Links, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America. Simone received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland. She lives in the District of Columbia with her husband and two children.