Department: Staff

Program Associate, Science

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

Kendra Rogers

Kendra Rogers is a program officer for the Education program at Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Kendra was managing director of early childhood policy at Children Now, and executive director at First 5 Fresno County. Born and raised in the Central Valley, Kendra has spent her career supporting efforts to improve… Continue Reading

Sarah Lerner

Sarah Lerner is a program associate for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Sarah served as executive assistant to the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing innovative solar and water technology to rural African villages. Her prior experiences include the management of… Continue Reading

Lupita Segura

Lupita Segura is the finance and grants associate at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for 14 years as the administrative finance assistant for the Midpen Media Center, a non-profit public access station in Palo Alto. She has a Bachelor’s degree in television production from San Francisco State University.

Barbara Chow

Barbara Chow is the director of the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she completed an eight-year term as the director of the Education program for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Before that, Barbara was the policy director of the House Budget Committee and the executive director of the… Continue Reading

Karen Laughlin

Karen Laughlin is a program officer for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Karen served in government and the non-profit sector on climate, transportation, and clean energy policy. As a senior analyst at Climate Policy Initiative, she jointly led the U.S. Program to analyze… Continue Reading

Karina Rivera

Karina Rivera is a program associate for Education at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Karina was a senior associate consultant at VIVA Strategy + Communications, where she managed multi-partner early learning systems projects and provided strategic consultation to county and regional partners implementing Quality Rating & Improvement Systems (QRIS) across… Continue Reading

Mandi Corona

Mandi Corona is the Office Services Coordinator at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, she worked at City Year Los Angeles tutoring inner city middle school students in core curriculum classrooms. Mandi also worked for four years as an events coordinator at The Harker School. She is passionate about philanthropy and… Continue Reading

Stephanie Kinser

Stephanie Kinser is a program associate for Climate and Clean Energy at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Stephanie was an intern at the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, working on drought policy. She also served as a committee member on The Green Initiative Fund, which supports sustainability projects… Continue Reading

Rebecca Gomez

Rebecca Gomez is a program officer for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Rebecca was an assistant research professor at Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research, where she led the State of Preschool Yearbook data collection and analysis team, and provided technical assistance to states… Continue Reading