Department: Education

Program Officer, Education

Kendra Rogers

Kendra Rogers is a program officer for the Education program at Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Kendra was managing director of early childhood policy at Children Now, and executive director at First 5 Fresno County. Born and raised in the Central Valley, Kendra has spent her career supporting efforts to improve… Continue Reading

Sarah Lerner

Sarah Lerner is a program associate for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Sarah served as executive assistant to the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing innovative solar and water technology to rural African villages. Her prior experiences include the management of… Continue Reading

Barbara Chow

Barbara Chow is the director of the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she completed an eight-year term as the director of the Education program for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Before that, Barbara was the policy director of the House Budget Committee and the executive director of the… Continue Reading

Karina Rivera

Karina Rivera is a program associate for Education at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Karina was a senior associate consultant at VIVA Strategy + Communications, where she managed multi-partner early learning systems projects and provided strategic consultation to county and regional partners implementing Quality Rating & Improvement Systems (QRIS) across… Continue Reading

Rebecca Gomez

Rebecca Gomez is a program officer for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Rebecca was an assistant research professor at Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research, where she led the State of Preschool Yearbook data collection and analysis team, and provided technical assistance to states… Continue Reading

Sarah Grady

Sarah Grady is a program associate for Education at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Sarah was a development and strategic planning associate at Council for a Strong America, where she managed board planning and engagement, corporate donor recruitment, and prospect identification. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Loyola… Continue Reading

Chhandasi Pandya Patel

Chhandasi Pandya Patel is a program officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation, where she focuses on child policy and on immigrant communities, including young children of immigrants, and undocumented communities. Her prior experience includes demographic and policy research on immigrant issues at the Migration Policy Institute and federal program evaluation at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She… Continue Reading

Kimberly Brenneman

Kimberly Brenneman is a program officer for early mathematics at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Kimberly was research faculty at Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research, where she led projects focused on curricular and instructional practices to foster science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning for young children in… Continue Reading