Chief Executive Officer
Behind the Door:
Bill Simpson was born and raised in Maryland. As an undergraduate at Frostburg State University in the Maryland mountains, Bill majored in Political Science and History and was an intern in the United States Senate. He completed his graduate studies in American History at the University of Maryland. Bill has 36 years of experience in the national security, business, and nonprofit sectors. In partnership with Board Chairman Dan Crow, Bill founded Open Door America in 2005. Bill is the proud father of Andrew and grandfather of Miles. In his free time, Bill listens to public affairs podcasts (his current favorite is The Axe Files), rocks to Jackson Browne and Keith Urban, reads history and social commentary, and roots for his beloved Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. Contact Bill at (410) 775-5437 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Starting and sustaining Open Door America has been the most challenging and rewarding assignment of my professional life. Elevating poverty to the status of a 'real and present danger' is my primary concern each and every day. While I find most Americans to be goodhearted and fair-minded, this job has taught me that the nation is tragically ill-informed about the causes and consequences of poverty. It is my mission in life to change how Americans, especially economically-secure Americans, think about poverty."
From Our Blog
Partnering in Howard County, Maryland
ELLICOTT CITY, MD, September 18, 2018 -- Open Door America is pleased to announce a preliminary agreement has been reached with the Department of Corrections of Howard County, Maryland to provide case management and mentoring services in support of the county's work-release and reentry programs. During the next 60 days, the parties will pursue a final agreement to create multiple employment-onboarding initiatives throughout Central Maryland beginning as early as December 2018. This developing partnership is a prime example of the type of public-private cooperation that is desperately needed in the United States to assist ex-offenders in rebuilding their lives and employers in finding highly-motivated entry-level workers.