Department: Education

Program Associate, Education

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Andrea Michel

Andrea Michel is a program associate for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Andrea managed partnerships and community outreach at an education nonprofit that connected high school students from underserved communities to summer enrichment programs. Andrea received her bachelor’s degree in international studies with a focus on… Continue Reading

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

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

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

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