Simon Cataldo is a husband and father who has called the district home since he was three years old. He has dedicated his life to fighting for special education students, environmental justice, and integrity in government. As a former special education teacher and federal anti-corruption prosecutor with the U.S. Justice Department, Simon has delivered for children, families, school communities, and our democracy. Simon built a school-based academic intervention program called Harlem Lacrosse from scratch in his early twenties, and grew it into a national nonprofit employing over 60 people full-time in 5 cities, while overseeing and managing a budget of over $6 million. He has been a trusted leader through periods of economic growth, uncertainty, and the pandemic. He has taken on some of the toughest corruption cases on behalf of the United States, and won. Simon knows how to conduct value-based and collaborative work effectively, efficiently, and pragmatically. He is prepared to represent our district on Day 1 of the job.