Department: Staff

Program Officer, Science

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

Afreyea Tolbert

Afreyea Tolbert is a program associate for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Afreyea worked with a philanthropy advisory group that supports individuals, foundations, and corporations in developing programming for effective race equity and social impact solutions. In this role, Afreyea assisted the organization with grants management,… Continue Reading

Erin Talbert-Brust

Erin Talbert-Brust is a communications officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Before joining the Foundation in 2021, Erin served as the senior communications officer at the East Bay Community Foundation, where Erin developed marketing and communication strategies. Erin’s experience in philanthropy has included a focus on media relations, communications, marketing, sponsorships, and event management, having worked… Continue Reading

Adam Cimino

Adam Cimino is a grants officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, he served as the manager of philanthropy & foundation operations at Visa and the Visa Foundation. He was also a grants manager at the James Irvine Foundation, and compliance coordinator at the Sierra Club. He holds a bachelor’s… Continue Reading

Elizabeth Post Musgrove

Elizabeth Post Musgrove is a program coordinator for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Elizabeth worked at San Francisco State University for 14 years, serving as the assistant to the associate dean of Student and Curricular Services in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, operations coordinator… Continue Reading

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