University of Southern California

David Simon
President
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Los Angeles Sports Council

David Simon, President of the Los Angeles Sports Council, has played a significant role in virtually every major sporting event that has been brought to the Los Angeles area in the last 20 years. In lists published in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Business Journal, he has been recognized as one of the area’s “top 20” most influential sports executives.

Under his leadership, the Sports Council has been the area's driving force behind successful bids for events which have generated more than $1 billion in local economic impact, including the Super Bowl, the Breeders' Cup and the finals of both the World Cup and Women’s World Cup in soccer.

The Council is a recipient of the prestigious Sport Summit Award presented annually to the foremost organization of its kind in the United States. The Council's Board of Directors is chaired by noted attorney Alan I. Rothenberg and consists of a cross-section of local sports and business community leaders.

Mr. Simon has been active in international sports since 1977 when he became involved in Los Angeles' bid to host the 1984 Olympic Games. As Vice President of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) he worked for over five years as one of Peter Ueberroth's right hands in staging those Games. He became the founding President of the Sports Council in 1988.

His civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Governors for Southern California Special Olympics. From 1989 to 1999, he served as Chair or Co-Chair of the International Relations Committee for the United States Olympic Committee. He also serves on the boards of USA Badminton, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and is President of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.

A native of Los Angeles, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA and the UCLA School of Law. He is a member of the bar both in California and in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Cheryl, reside in West Los Angeles with their daughter, Lisa.