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 40 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 and Taylor. In his free time, Bill listens to public affairs podcasts, rocks to the Beatles, the Stones, Jackson Browne and Keith Urban, reads history and social commentary, and roots for his beloved Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens and Maryland Terrapins. Bill is currently writing an E-book about his 14 years of working with impoverished and incarcerated people. Contact Bill at (443) 355-9204 or write to email@example.com.
"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
Open Door America Receives Major Grant from State of Maryland
Open Door America has received a major grant from the State of Maryland to help fund a prisoner reentry partnership with the Howard County Department of Corrections. Since summer 2019, ODA has been working "behind the walls" with HCDC staff to identify the 20 best-suited candidates for this groundbreaking reentry project.