Department: Science

Program Officer, Science

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Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez is a program officer for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Gabriele performed research in X-ray instrumentation and laboratory astrophysics as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Plan√©tologie in Toulouse, France. Previously, she was a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow… Continue Reading

Rachel Tuggy

Rachel Tuggy is a program associate for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Rachel was a project lead at Digital NEST, a nonprofit in the Central Coast that builds young people‚Äôs professional confidence through workshops and resources. Previously, Rachel was a fellow of the Everett Program, a… Continue Reading

Emily Schaller

Emily Schaller is a program officer for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Emily worked for 10 years as a program manager at NASA where she directed STEM education and outreach programs for the Earth Science Division. She previously worked as a NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, studying… Continue Reading

Monica Takama

Monica Takama is the program associate for Science at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Monica served as an affordable housing specialist for a real estate company in San Francisco. She is currently studying psychology and business at San Jose State University.

Jochen Marschall

Jochen Marschall is a program officer for Science at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Joining the Foundation in 2015, his prior experience includes 15 years as a senior research scientist in the Molecular Physics Laboratory of SRI International where he conducted research in materials science, aerospace, heat transfer, surface chemistry, chemical physics, and planetary science. He also… Continue Reading

Cyndi Atherton

Cyndi Atherton is the director of the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Cyndi was a science program director at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she oversaw portfolios that included astronomy, condensed matter physics, seismology, and other physical sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in atmospheric science… Continue Reading