Jackie Simon is a Realtor by profession. Throughout her career she has demanded equal opportunity in the real estate marketplace and been a plaintiff in three housing discrimination cases with the help of the ERC and the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs. She has educated her colleagues and the citizenry about housing rights and opportunities. She has developed and taught continuing education courses for real estate professionals in fair housing, teamed up with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to produce two of its fair housing training films, and advised and advocated for individuals with disabilities. She developed a nationally recognized “Barrier-Free Living Environments” program, which matches people with disabilities and accessible properties.
Ms. Simon has been a community activist for years, repeatedly speaking up for the disadvantaged and for both human and civil rights. She testified in favor of the Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988 before committees of both Houses of Congress, as well as lobbied for the enactment of protected class status for families with children under Montgomery County Chapter 27 several years before federal protection became available. In her 30-year real estate career she has successfully closed more than 2,800 transactions. Much of her practice has focused on first time buyers and their need for affordable housing. Over the years she has developed a specialty in accessible housing for persons with disabilities, especially mobility impairments.
She currently serves on the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities, where she is leading development of the LivAbility and VisitAbility programs in cooperation with the homebuilders. She has also served as Chairman of Montgomery United Way, President of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and President of Suburban Maryland Fair Housing. Among many other honors, Ms. Simon has been awarded the Pioneer in Fair Housing award by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the first Equal Opportunity in Housing award by the Maryland Association of Realtors. In 2001, she was inducted into Montgomery County’s Human Rights Hall of Fame. She recently opened her own brokerage, Jackie Simon Homes, LLC to enable her to further focus her specialties and services to those with special needs.