Simone Fried has been involved in the performing arts all her life. She began studying ballet at four years old and as a teenager, trained and performed with the Ballet of the Foothills in Southern California. As an undergraduate, she was a founding member of the Yellow Stockings Shakespeare Company and performed in over a dozen theater and dance productions. She now takes classes at Improv Boston and performs with the improv group Social Signals.
In her spare time, Simone is a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where she researches state takeovers of low-performing school districts. Simone has worked as a research consultant at the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, and as an analyst at Abt Associates, contributing to program evaluations and technical assistance contracts for clients including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. She holds a BA in Education and Literature from Swarthmore College. She also makes rugs.