Joyce Simon

Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

Joyce Simon joined the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago in 1992 as its first chief financial officer; she also serves as the secretary-treasurer of the Shedd Aquarium Society, the not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates the aquarium. 

Simon has overall responsibility for treasury, financial reporting, risk management, and accounting functions as well as information technology, purchasing and continuous improvement projects. Before joining Shedd, Simon was a partner with Ernst & Young, one of the “Big Four” international public accounting firms. At E&Y she worked with clients in a variety of industries ranging from securities broker-dealers to aerospace and defense contractors and financial holding companies. 

Simon has been an active participant in professional and not-for-profit organizations. She is currently the treasurer of the International Women’s Forum-Chicago and is active in The Chicago Network. She previously served as president of the Chicago Finance Exchange and the American Women’s Society of CPAs as well as treasurer of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, where she was recognized with the Outstanding Board Member award twice. Simon is also a former board member of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association and the Illinois CPA Society. In addition, she was selected by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to serve on the Group of 100, which identified and prioritized environmental issues and trends that will impact the future of the CPA profession and for which action plans were developed by the AICPA.

Simon currently sits on the board of directors of a publicly held community bank holding company. She sits on the company’s Compensation Committee and is chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

Simon has an MBA ini finance and accounting (specialization in industrial relations) and AB, political science, from the University of Chicago. She is a CPA licensed in the state of Illinois.


Joyce Simon, Executive VP/CFO
The best part of my job is being able to support good people in their important work to help make our world sustainable for generations to come. Our staff and volunteers—including our board of trustees—are smart, energetic and committed to the aquarium's values and mission. We all believe we have an obligation to practice as well as promote conservation of natural resources and to use our financial resources prudently. That makes me proud to be part of this wonderful organization, and seeing all the awestruck young children who visit us every year makes me happy to be part of the Shedd family.

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