Department: Science

Program Officer, Science

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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

Claudia Avitia

Claudia Avitia is a program associate for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Claudia provided technical and project coordination support at Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications. She also previously worked in human resources and finance. Claudia… Continue Reading

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, as well as large scale commitments to… Continue Reading