Chief Foundation and Development Officer
Christopher Simoneau joined Lee Health in March 2019. Chris is responsible for strategic direction and oversight of Lee Health’s foundation, brand development, marketing, internal and external communications, and community relationships in alignment with our mission, vision, values, and strategic objectives.
Chris has more than 25 years of experience in institutional advancement and fundraising. He joins us from Florida Gulf Coast University where he served as Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the FGCU Foundation for the past six years. Chris led all university advancement activities, including development and fundraising, marketing and communications, community relations, special events, and alumni relations. He was also the Senior Director of University Advancement for Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and the Associate Vice President of Strategic Planning and University Relations at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance at Villanova University at the Villanova School of Business. He completed his MBA at Columbia University at the Columbia Business School.
Chris is active in a variety of professional and community service activities. He currently serves as the Director of AFP of Lee and Collier Counties, and serves on the School District of Lee County’s Independent Sales Surtax Oversight Committee and Moorings Park Foundation. He is also a member of Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Association for Fundraising Professionals.