Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Theodora Simons spent nearly 25 years in marketing and public relations, specializing in luxury products, hotels and other travel related entities. Ms. Simons is actively involved in historic preservation in New York City, Charleston and the Hudson Valley. She serves on the boards of The Olana Partnership, the Vienna Philharmonic Society and the Opera Lafayette.
She was educated at the University of Virginia and graduated, with a B.A. with high distinction in art history. She also received a M.A. in history of the decorative arts from the Bard Graduate Center