Jen Covino, President
Jen Covino is the President of Simon and Company, Inc. She joined the firm as an Associate in December 2011, and she has since served our clients as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Vice President. Jen provides strategic guidance to local elected officials and public administrators as they develop and implement federal affairs agendas. She serves as a daily liaison to the federal government, maintaining relationships the Administration and Congress, on behalf of clients. Jen oversees legislative advocacy, regulatory analysis, and coalition-building efforts in support of key issues of concern to municipalities. She functions as the federal grants coordinator, identifying discretionary and formula grant programs, credit assistance, tax credits, and other available resources. Her focus areas include: transportation and infrastructure, community development, economic development, housing, social impact bonds, tax credits, community policing and public safety, civil rights, public arts, and women's empowerment.
Jen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) DC Chapter, which seeks to enhance professional development opportunities for women in the sector. She started her career at TranSComm, local transportation management agency (TMA) coordinating transit services and sustainability efforts in the Albany Street corridor of Boston’s Sound End. In that role, she oversaw transportation planning, federal and state grant administration, communications, and public engagement in the community.
Jen received her Bachelor’s of Arts with a double major in History and American Studies from Boston University in December 2010. After relocating to the District in 2011, Jen volunteered at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence during the Obama Administration. She reviewed and responded to mail addressed to President Obama from Americans sharing their experiences. It was an honor to assist the Administration in those engagement efforts. Jen graduated from the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration in 2013, receiving a Master of Public Administration (MPA). She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Her graduate work included consulting for the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.
Jen proudly hails from a “triple decker” housing four generations in East Boston, Massachusetts. Jen’s interest in government started at an early age, holding campaign signs for Boston City Council candidates with her dad. She now resides in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC with her poodle, Shuggie, an alum of the Washington Humane Rescue Alliance.
Silvana Caldera, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Now in her third year at Simon and Company, Silvana Caldera joined the team as an Associate in 2016. She currently serves as our Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she provides support to our clients helping them navigate the federal government on a day-to-day basis.
A south Florida native, Silvana holds an undergraduate degree from the Florida State University. She interned for members of both the US House of Representatives and US Senate as a student. She then moved to D.C. to pursue her Master of Public Administration from the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, where her focus was on federal politics and policy. Upon completing her masters, she worked as a full-time professional staff member for Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland, where she enjoyed learning about the inner workings of Capitol Hill.
Silvana's policy interests include compassionate governance, women’s issues, natural resources, energy and the environment, and climate change resiliency due to its particular relevance to Florida’s coastline and having experienced the effects of natural disasters first-hand. As a first-generation American, Silvana is also deeply passionate about immigration policy and enjoys engaging on this topic in a professional capacity. She is a member of the Latino Leaders Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing relationships within and supporting the Latino community. She has also served as a guest speaker and mentor for students participating in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute internship program.
At Simon and Company, Silvana’s responsibilities include strategic engagement, federal policy, legislative analysis, event planning, and communications. She coordinates our federal priorities meetings, preparing clients for the most effective engagement with the Administration and Congress. Silvana enjoys close working relationships with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle stemming from her years on Capitol Hill. She is proud to maintain this bipartisan network to effectively communicate the priorities and concerns of local governments.
David Gellman, Intergovernmental Affairs Associate
The most recent addition to Simon and Company, David Gellman joined the team as an Intergovernmental Affairs Associate in January 2019. David's policy interests include transportation and infrastructure, education and workforce development, animal welfare and natural resources conservation, and government oversight and reform. He is responsible for legislative analysis, communications, event planning, and writing our weekly update, the Washington Friday Report.
Prior to joining our firm, David served as a Legislative Assistant providing support to a small government affairs firm located in the nation’s capital. In that capacity, he oversaw analysis involving federal tax, housing, transportation and infrastructure, energy, and public lands. Previously, David served as a Legislative Aide for Congressman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and as a Deputy Scheduler/Staff Assistant for Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida. He enjoyed building bipartisan coalitions to move legislation and political objectives forward during his time on Capitol Hill.
David is currently a candidate for a Master of Public Administration at the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Government and minor in Spanish from Georgetown University. He is fluent in Spanish.
Stephanie Carter McIntosh, Special Projects Manager
Stephanie Carter McIntosh is a native Washingtonian who serves as the Special Projects Coordinator at Simon and Company. She oversees our accounting and provides administrative support to our clients and professional staff. In August 2018, Stephanie celebrated her twentieth anniversary of work.
Stephanie previously held positions at the Library of Congress and HQ Business Centers. She is a graduate of Virginia State University, located in Petersburg, VA, with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Stephanie also studied elementary education in the Master of Arts Teaching Program at Trinity College.
Stephanie is an active member of the Parent Teacher Association, the MaMa Sisterhood of Prince George’s County, and her church, where she serves on the hospitality committee. Stephanie loves the opportunity to help and work with young children when she can, as it is a true passion of hers. She regularly volunteers and participates in various events in the community including Feed My Starving Children, raising money for young mothers, volunteering at the local elementary school, and at the Back to School backpack drive.
Stephanie is married to Marcellus, an artist and photographer. They have a young son, Maxwell, who keeps both of his parents very busy. Stephanie is currently learning Spanish along with her son. As time permits, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. In true moments of downtime, Stephanie can be found feeding her artistic appetite by creating and designing special keepsakes.
Len Simon, Founder and Senior Advisor
Len Simon has devoted his career to the federal affairs concerns of local governments. He founded Simon and Company, Inc. to serve municipal interests in 1987. In January 2019, he resigned as President of the firm to transition to the role of Senior Advisor. In this new capacity, Len will continue to offer strategic guidance to clients, drawing upon his decades of expertise in the field of intergovernmental affairs.
Previously, Len served as a staff member at the U.S. Conference of Mayors starting in March 1977. He became an Assistant Executive Director in October 1978, a position he held until July 1986. In that role, Len was responsible for policy development and legislative affairs in the fields of transportation, environment, infrastructure, natural resources, and telecommunications. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in public policy from the George Washington University, where he also taught for five years in the College of Continuing Education. He serves as a member of the Alumni Advisory Board of George Washington’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Len speaks regularly in forums around the country on developments in Washington that impact local governments.
Len served as President of his neighborhood civic group, the Edgemoor Citizens Association, for more than a decade from 2003 to 2013. He was a member of the Montgomery County Infill Development Task Force and the Montgomery County Organizational Reform Commission, which was created to address structural responses to the County’s budget crisis during the Great Recession. In October 2014, the Montgomery County Council confirmed Len for a three year term on the Board of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP), the innovative county non-profit organization established in 1994 to oversee maintenance and promotion of the downtown. BUP manages the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, operates Bethesda Transportation Solutions, and manages the Bethesda Circulator.
Len currently resides in Croton-on-Hudson, New York with his wife Linda, a writer and retired public middle school English teacher. They are grateful to live nearby their adult children: Matthew, Jonathan and his wife Tara, and Timothy.