Manny Friedman has been committed to philanthropy for many years. He established Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies to coordinate his charitable giving. Under the leadership of his niece, Simone Friedman Rones, EJF Philanthropies aims to support effective organizations that are active in his core areas of interest: ensuring the continuity of the Jewish community in the Washington, D.C. region; saving the endangered cheetah and conserving its habitat; improving access to asthma treatment for children in lower-income parts of Washington, D.C.; finding news ways to diagnose, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s Disease; and supporting education for public school students in the District of Columbia. Manny currently serves as a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund; as a member of the Alzheimer’s X Prize Brain Trust; and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.
Simone Friedman Rones serves as the President of the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies. She holds a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning degree with a concentration in Policy Analysis from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the George Washington University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1995. She is an alumna of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland.
Prior to her involvement with EJF Philanthropies, Simone founded and later sold Metrics Group, a company that analyzed innovation using proprietary software to identify trends in patenting. Clients included Fortune 500 companies, large research universities, government agencies, law firms, and major consulting firms.
Now living on the eastern shore of Maryland, Simone is a principal of an investment holding company. She also has a deep interest in effective philanthropy and in strategic grantmaking. Her personal philanthropy is primarily administered through Odie’s Fund, a donor-advised fund she and her husband set up at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Odie’s Fund focuses on saving the lives of blind dogs in the U.S. and preventing cruelty to dogs in other countries.
In her role as President of EJF Philanthropies, Simone serves on the Advisory Board for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., on the Board of Directors for GW Hillel, and as an Evaluator for the Slingshot Guide, which is a directory of the most innovative Jewish organizations in the United States. Simone is also serving as a member of the Alzheimer’s X Prize Brain Trust.