William E. Simon Jr. is founder and chairman of Parish Catalyst. He is the author, with Michael Novak, of Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation. Simon serves as cochairman of the investment firm William E. Simon & Sons and the WIlliam E. Simon Foundation, as well as adjunct professor in UCLA’s law school and economics department.
Early in his career, Simon was an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York and later was the 2002 Republican gubernatorial nominee in California. For many years, he and his wife, Cindy, have helped those in need by underwriting scholarships, athletic and recreational programs, and faith-based efforts in urban areas. The Simons have four children and make their home in Los Angeles.