Jane Simons

Director, Operations

Bio

Jane Simons joined Touchdown Ventures in 2018 and is the Director of Operations in the Philadelphia office leading the firm on key strategic operations.

Prior to joining Touchdown Ventures, Jane held various senior positions at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania over a 13-year tenure. Before Wharton, Jane began her professional experience at a tech start-up as the International Project Manager, focusing on business development, operations, marketing and communications.

Jane graduated with honors in her Master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics from University of Pennsylvania , and was summa cum laude for her double Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and International Relations from State University of New York at Geneseo.

Jane speaks (or has received instruction on) 6 different languages and is an avid traveler, having visited 40+ countries. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and two children and is a passionate and enthusiastic Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Experience

Prior to joining Touchdown Ventures, Jane had a robust senior management career in higher education with increasing responsibilities for nearly 13 years at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania ranging from strategic operations roles to different facets of programming, marketing and communications, executive board management and alumni relations. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, program management, complex communications and relationship building. Under Jane’s leadership, new, effective policies and processes were developed and implemented across the School and adopted as best practices across the University. Jane began her career working at a tech start-up as the International Project Manager, focusing on business development, operations, marketing and communications for an innovative electric propulsion system with diverse applications.

Personal

Favorite Team: 2018 Super Bowl Champions – The Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite Moment: The Philly Special – trick play between Philadelphia Eagles players Corey Clement, Trey Burton and Nick Foles on fourth-down-and-goal toward the end of the second quarter of Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. “A play that the Eagles had never called before, run on 4th down by an undrafted rookie running back pitching the football to a third-string tight end who had never attempted an NFL pass before, throwing to a backup quarterback who had never caught an NFL (or college) pass before, [pulled off] on the biggest stage for football.”

Favorite Player: Brian Dawkins – Weapon X. “Like Wolverine, Brian Dawkins wasn’t the largest warrior on the battlefield, but he was famously resilient, never backed down from a challenge, was loyal to his team and was feared as one of the league’s hardest hitters.” as described by Marvel’s Bill Rosemann.