Department: Staff

Program Associate, Climate and Clean Energy

Mitchell Lee

Mitchell Lee is a program associate for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, Mitchell worked as a research assistant at Cornell University’s Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, and interned with the United States House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Mitchell received… Continue Reading

Jennifer Shipp

Jennifer Shipp is the general counsel at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, Jennifer was senior counsel at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she provided legal support for the foundation’s Global Development and Population program, and managed legal issues for the grants management and information technology teams. Previously, Jennifer… Continue Reading

Lanzo Small

Lanzo K. Small, Jr., is the office assistant at the Heising-Simons Foundation’s office in Los Altos. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, Lanzo worked in the food service management and banking industries. In 2012, Lanzo became the first African-American male to sit on the Lincoln Unified School District’s Board of Trustees as a student… Continue Reading

Myra Levy

Myra Levy is the senior accountant at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, Myra worked for more than 30 years in accounting for nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, including the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Friends of the River, the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, and United Religions Initiative. She… Continue Reading

Savannah Whaley

Savannah Whaley is a program associate for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Savannah completed a fellowship as the climate adaptation associate at Alameda County, Office of Sustainability. She also held internships at Sierra Club Massachusetts and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Savannah received her bachelor’s degree in… Continue Reading

Gina Peralta

Gina Peralta is a program officer with the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Gina served as the director of site management at The W. Haywood Burns Institute (the Burns Institute), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing racial and ethnic equity in the justice system by… Continue Reading

Jessica Hickok

Jessica Hickok is the Salesforce administrator and architect at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation in 2019, she served as grants manager at several Bay Area philanthropies for over a decade, including the Pisces Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation. Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Princeton University.

Laura Wisland

Laura Wisland is a program officer for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Laura led the Union of Concerned Scientists’ work on power sector issues in the West for 11 years, advocating for policies to accelerate the transition to carbon-free sources of electricity. Before… Continue Reading

Tanner Smallwood

Tanner Smallwood is the technology associate at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Tanner worked as a systems administrator at Team San Jose, a partnership unifying the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labor, and venues to help stimulate the local economy. Tanner has also helped host different events at… Continue Reading