Elon Simms is the director of community philanthropy at Crane Group where he is responsible for the planning and oversight of the philanthropy program, which includes strategic community engagement, volunteerism, educational programs, board engagement and charitable contributions.
Prior to joining the Crane Group, Simms served as the director of community affairs for the City of Columbus. He also worked at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Social Work as the director of field education and at Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) as a child welfare caseworker.
Simms joined the board in 2017 by virtue of his election as chair of the agency’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC). “I am truly appreciative and so honored to serve in this role. Because I am a social worker who started my career as a caseworker at FCCS, I believe that I will bring a unique perspective when it comes to understanding best practices in working with the children and families. I look forward to bringing my own knowledge, background and personal experiences to positively impact the lives of children and families who are served by the agency,” said Simms.
Simms earned both a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Master of Social Work degree from the Ohio State University. Outside of the classroom, Simms was a proud member of OSU’s track and field team. Simms is a licensed social worker in the State of Ohio, who was also named the 2014 Emerging Leader of the Year in Region V by the National Association of Social Workers. Furthermore, he is a graduate of the Leadership in Human Service Management Program through the Ohio State University College of Social Work.
Simms resides in Westerville, Ohio with his wife and two young sons.