Manager of Implementation in St. Louis and the Bootheel

Ted joined the Alive and Well team (now the Regional Health Commission) in 2019 to manage the ambassador program and assist with coordination of community consultants in bringing their trauma-informed workshops to different communities around the St. Louis Area. Now, he serves as Implementation Manager of the RHC in St. Louis and the Bootheel.

Past Work

Ted has more than 13 years of experience in the non-profit sector ranging from; health education, food insecurity, illiteracy, and job readiness. In each of these previous roles, Ted has worked to advance community building.  

As a part of the Community Activation Team for Alive and Well Communities (now the Regional Health Commission), Ted also managed multiple steering committees across the Missouri region and is working alongside dedicated colleagues and community members to extend the awareness of the effects of trauma and toxic stress to communities that are often overlooked. Many of these communities have been suffering with a heavy amount of grief and loss due to gun violence. Ted and his associates have worked with numerous community organizations to provide workshops in understanding how trauma relates to grief and loss, healing, and community empowerment. 

Education and Involvement

Ted Simpson has a Bachelor of Arts  in Communications and a Master’s in Business Administration from Fontbonne University. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, a private, not-for-profit organization whose focus is on community engagement.. He is a co- founder of The Village Keepers, a non-profit organization focused on mitigating community crisis and advancing community financial mobility, that was launched during the pandemic.

Ted grew up, and still has residence in, an area of St. Louis that is plagued by high numbers of gun violence. Dealing with this trauma both at home and at work, Ted uses his interactions, conversations, and experiences from those who have had personal gun related trauma to help inform discussions, approaches and decision making for community programming.