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Program Officer, Education

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 Office… Continue Reading

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.

Post: Resources For Nonprofits Facing Facility Challenges

As part of the Local and Emerging Opportunities program, the Heising-Simons Foundation has supported the development of resources for nonprofits facing facility challenges or growing out of their current workspaces. Below are some of these new resources that may be of interest to you—please also feel free to share this information with other nonprofits that may find it helpful.

Post: Green Raiteros: Greening Transportation for Communities that Need It Most

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation is critical to meet our goal to protect people from the worst impacts of climate change. Transportation is now the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., accounting for 28 percent of emissions in 2016. Growing transportation pollution also contributes to worsening air quality, leading to serious health problems like asthma and heart problems that hit low-income communities hardest.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, September 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 September 2018.

Post: Supporting Undocumented College Students and Their Families in California

Undocumented young people and their families are integral to the social, economic, and cultural fabric of California. The state is home to roughly 3 million undocumented residents, with an estimated 72,000 undocumented youth attending California’s public institutions of higher education. Today, the Heising-Simons Foundation is thrilled to be one of the inaugural funders of the California Campus Catalyst Fund (the Catalyst Fund), a three-year, $10 million initiative designed to expand and create programs in the higher education system to support undocumented students and their families.