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 financial and treasury operations as well as ERM, continuous improvement, purchasing, retail shops and food service operations. Joyce also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the not-for-profit organization that owns and operates the Aquarium. Prior to joining the Aquarium, she was an audit partner at EY, where she worked with clients in a variety of industries ranging from aerospace and defense contractors to financial-holding companies. In a prior life, she provided social services at Cook County Hospital and the North Lawndale area of Chicago.

Joyce has held leadership positions on a number of non-profit and public-company boards and is currently Treasurer of the International Women’s Forum, Chicago affiliate, an active member of The Chicago Network and sits on the EY Chicago Alumni Council. With regard to professional associations, Joyce is a former board member of the Illinois CPA Society and is the former president of the American Woman’s Society of CPAs and the Chicago Finance Exchange. 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 to be developed by the AICPA. As a public-company director, she has also served on various board committees, including as chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

Joyce is a graduate of The College and of the Booth School of Business of The University of Chicago and is a licensed CPA.


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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