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Program Director, Human Rights

Person: Angie Junck

Angie Junck is the director of the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Angie was the director of Immigrant Defense Programs and Supervising Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) for over 13 years. In that role, she led a state and federal policy agenda and programs on crim/imm, immigration enforcement,… Continue Reading

Person: September Jarrett

September Jarrett is a program officer for the Education program of the Heising-Simons Foundation, focusing on policy and systems change in California. September draws on two decades of experience in program and policy development focused on children and families in the public and private sectors. Her experiences include serving as executive director of San Francisco… Continue Reading

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, November 2018

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in November 2018.

Person: Madeleine Perkins

Madeleine Perkins is a program associate for the Local and Emerging Opportunities program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Madeleine wrote about science and politics for Business Insider. She also held research positions at the California Coastkeeper Alliance and the Earth Law Center. Madeleine received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and environmental studies from… Continue Reading

Post: Mapping the Early Childhood Funding Landscape

In the United States, over 15 million children under the age of nine live in poverty, and more than half of all children ages three to four are not enrolled in preschool due to lack of access to high-quality and affordable early childhood programs. As philanthropy seeks to address these disparities, it is important for funders and grantseekers to consider the giving landscape in these areas across the Unites States.

Person: Malia Ramler

Malia Ramler is a program officer for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation, where she focuses on effective early childhood practice. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Malia was with First 5 Alameda County, where she co-led the development and implementation of Quality Counts, the county’s quality rating and improvement system for early care and… Continue Reading

Post: Letter from the President: November 2018

I look out my office window at a patch of green park, where a flag hangs mournfully at half-mast.  I think it’s for Thousand Oaks. Or Pittsburgh. Or maybe the one before that. How sad that we are becoming inured to massacres.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, October 2018

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in October 2018.

Post: Climate Change Stories From Hispanic Communities

In 2017, a national study conducted by grantee the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) revealed that self-identified Hispanics in the United States are highly engaged with the issue of climate change. Pursuant to this finding, the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program has supported the production of 25 radio episodes of YPCCC’s Climate Connections specifically focused on the Hispanic community, a demographic often overlooked in conversations about climate change.