Allyson B. Simpson JD

Allyson B. Simpson JD

VP of Development and Communications

About Allyson B. Simpson JD

Allyson joined Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) in October 2016 as the Vice President of Philanthropy. Prior to joining HMRI, she served as Senior Director of Gift Planning at Caltech for six years and as Associate Director of Gift Planning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the Director of Planned Giving at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Allyson was born in Pasadena, grew up in Southern California and received both her bachelor’s degree and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California (USC). She is a member of the California State Bar and the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners, where she is serving as President for the 2018-2019 term. She practiced corporate and regulatory law in the greater Los Angeles area for twenty-five years before transitioning sixteen years ago into development with a focus on planned, major and leadership giving.

Allyson and her husband Roland, an attorney, live in Pasadena, and are the parents of three adult children and grandparents of a lovely granddaughter. She has served on the Board of Trustees of both Mayfield Junior School in Pasadena and the South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project (SC LAMP), as well as on the Advisory Board of Nativity School in south Los Angeles and the Board of Directors of St. Anne’s in Los Angeles.