Department: Staff

Program Officer, Human Rights

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.

Jerin DeLuca

Jerin DeLuca is the office services coordinator at the Heising-Simons Foundation’s office in Los Altos. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Jerin worked at Fusion Academy as their director of first impressions. She has also worked in a variety of administrative and office management roles for the past 12 years.

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

Yalda Mohammadi

Yalda Mohammadi is the office services coordinator at the Heising-Simons Foundation’s office in San Francisco. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Yalda worked in a variety of administrative roles for over seven years. Yalda also brings a passion for education, gender equality, and a demonstrated commitment to working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector.… Continue Reading

Monica Takama

Monica Takama is the office assistant at the Heising-Simons Foundation’s office in Los Altos. 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.

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

Angie Junck

Angie Junck is the director of the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Angie was the director of Immigrant Defense Programs and Supervising Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) for over 13 years. In that role, she led a state and federal policy agenda and programs on crim/imm, immigration enforcement,… Continue Reading