Dominique Simone’s passion for education was inherited. As a third generation educator, she follows in the footsteps of her grandmother and aunts, who laid the foundation for her fervor in education.
In her 20 years in the education sector, she has held positions at the school level, charter network level, and state administration level. Most recently, as the Executive Director of Communication and External Affairs at the Louisiana Department of Education, Dominique developed Baton Rouge’s first common application for the city’s charter schools, increasing educational opportunities and access for students across the city.
The roots of her career began in Los Angeles in 2004. Before charter schools were widely known, Dominique was a founding teacher at KIPP: Academy of Opportunity in South Central LA and served in a variety of roles. In 2009 she returned to New Orleans just as the education landscape in the city was changing. From there, she held leadership positions at The Louisiana Children’s Museum, FirstLine Schools and the Louisiana Department of Education.
In 2017 she was appointed to the position of Executive Director of External Affairs for the Louisiana Department of Education’s Recovery School District. In her role at the RSD, Dominique developed, implemented and oversaw ENROLLBR, a common application system for EBR’s Type 2 and Type 5 charter schools.
A native of New Orleans, Dominique attended Xavier Preparatory School, Xavier University, Clark Atlanta University and The University of New Orleans. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and has over 20 years of experience in education and non-profit management.