2019-20 District 5495 Governor David Simmer 

David Simmer, JD, MSA, CPA  grew up in Nebraska before heading east for his formal education.  He followed a Bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan University with a Masters Degree in Accounting and a law degree from Northeastern University and Boston University respectively. 


David’s professional career concentrated on guiding high and ultra-high net worth clients as they navigated all aspects of wealth management from his firm’s offices in Wellesley Massachusetts and Palo Alto California.  David and his wife, Isabel, retired to Sedona, Arizona in 2010.


Shortly before retiring David was invited to join the Rotary Club of Sedona where he quickly was drawn into community service and leadership positions.  Most notably he chaired the Imagination Library committee which brought Dolly Parton’s free-book-a-month for preschoolers program to Sedona in 2012.  Since inception the local club has distributed over 25,000 age-appropriate books to children in the Verde Valley to promote early childhood literacy.


David has also served as Secretary and President of the club and Assistant Governor for five clubs from Sedona to the Grand Canyon.  He was named the club’s Rotarian of the Year in 2016.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow, major donor, Bequest Society Member and Paul Harris Society Member.  David has appeared before clubs across District 5490 on behalf of the Rotary Foundation as well as being invited to speak at the 2016 District Conference for the clubs of District 5490. 


David served on three District 5495 merger task groups and was named chair of the newly formed Leadership Development Committee for the District.  In that position he has received significant recognition in the Zone for his efforts to re-think and innovate in Rotary education including focusing on elective education, broad-based curriculum and distance learning.  DG Nancy has asked David to serve as Executive Assistant Governor for the coming year and has been selected to serve as District Governor for 5495 for Rotary year 2019-20.