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Executive Director for Development for the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Los Angeles, CA

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center selected Gregg Simpson as its executive director for development for the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, effective August 1, 2017. Consistently named one of America’s Best Hospitals and among the country’s top-ranked Cardiology and Heart Surgery programs by U.S. News & World Report, Cedars-Sinai is committed to providing the highest quality medical care in Los Angeles. Reporting to the vice president for development and working closely with the Heart Institute director, Mr. Simpson will provide collaborative leadership and strategic vision to maximize the Heart Institute’s philanthropic potential.

Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Mr. Simpson served as associate chairman and campaign director for the Cleveland Clinic since 2011, with responsibility for Clinic-wide development operations, volunteer management, and annual giving, as well as management of a select principal gift portfolio. He also oversaw all aspects of The Power of Every One, the Clinic’s ambitious $2 billion campaign. Previously, Mr. Simpson was the director of development operations at Oberlin College, as well as senior director of development at Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Simpson served as executive director of development at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine and Health System where he enhanced and elevated many of the existing systems, structures, and processes. Mr. Simpson began his career as manager of development at Dartmouth Hitchcock-Medical Center where he was charged with implementing processes capable of supporting the medical center’s first grateful patient program. After nearly four years at the medical center, Mr. Simpson was recruited to join Dartmouth’s central development team as director of information technology for the division.

Mr. Simpson earned a bachelor of arts in economics and a master’s degree in history from Temple University.

Rachel Ellenport led this search with Nicole Poe.


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