Simone Parrish

CCP | Global Repository Director

Simone joined the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in August 2011, taking charge of K4Health’s web products portfolio. These products—including POPLINE, Photoshare, K4Health Toolkits, the Global Health eLearning Center, the website for Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, the Global Health: Science and Practice Journal, the mHealth Evidence database, and more—have been built at different times, on many different platforms. Simone's task is to preserve and improve the quality and clarity of user experience on each product, while bringing them together into a more cohesive whole—what we're calling the "Global Repository." This approach aims to better meet the knowledge needs of people working in family planning and reproductive health worldwide. Functionally, this means Simone is plugged into everything which touches K4Health’s web-based knowledge management products and platforms, from strategy to content management. She serves as the liaison between the front-end/user perspective and the back-end/developer perspective.

Simone has more than 20 years of information technology, information architecture, and knowledge management experience, and more than 25 years of professional writing and editing experience. She came to CCP from a ten-year stint at Innovation Network, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit consulting firm that provides evaluation consulting, training, research, and online tools to nonprofits and funders. Her work there included writing, editing, knowledge management, database solutions development and management, publications design, print and web production management, and other general web, social media, and IT-related duties. She served as the primary liaison between evaluation consultants, web developers, and website users (over 20,000 users in nearly 100 countries).

Simone is an avid grammarian, a student of the uses and misuses of jargon, a data visualization enthusiast, and a lackadaisical blogger. She has also been an energetic pro-bono tester of other people’s online tools and applications, contributing feedback to Basecamp, ORB (mPowering Frontline Health Workers' library of openly-licensed materials), ClickTime, Zerista, and NPower’s Community Corps. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.