Simon Shachter

Graduate Student, University of Chicago

Simon Yamawaki Shachter is a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago Sociology Department. He is interested in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, especially how public and private systems of funding alter field-level outcomes. He utilizes historical, statistical, and computational tools to understand how public and private efforts to serve the public good influence each other. He is particularly drawn to research that exposes when these, often well-intentioned, efforts work to perpetuate certain forms of inequality while seeking to alleviate others. 

Prior to coming to the University of Chicago, Simon received a B.S. in Computer Science at Stanford University. In the Bay Area he worked for several private philanthropic foundations and founded YCore, a San Francisco-based non-profit that brings young professionals together to support equity-building work in their local communities.