Department: Staff

Program Associate, Climate and Clean Energy

Sedina Sinanovic

Sedina Sinanovic is a program associate for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022, she was a fellow with the Schmidt Family Foundation where she researched climate change implications on human rights and its intersections with conflict, migration, and climate justice issues. She has previously… Continue Reading

Tina Oliva

Tina Oliva is a program associate for the Community and Opportunity program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022, Tina provided program support for Mission Asset Fund’s grant and credit-building programs for low-income and immigrant communities. She also is actively involved in the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley which provides professional… Continue Reading

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez is a program officer for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Gabriele performed research in X-ray instrumentation and laboratory astrophysics as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie in Toulouse, France. Previously, she was a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow… Continue Reading

Rachel Tuggy

Rachel Tuggy is a program associate for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Rachel was a project lead at Digital NEST, a nonprofit in the Central Coast that builds young people’s professional confidence through workshops and resources. Previously, Rachel was a fellow of the Everett Program, a… Continue Reading

Roland Hwang

Roland Hwang is the director of the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Roland was the director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate & Clean Energy Program. He has also worked for seven years at the Union of Concerned Scientists directing their Transportation program. He… Continue Reading

Everette R. H. Thompson

Everette R. H. Thompson is a program officer for the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Everette has over 20 years of experience in community organizing, organizational development, and movement building. He is a Southerner by birth and choice, and has dedicated his career to strengthening organizational infrastructure in the South. Prior to joining… Continue Reading

Karimah Nonyameko

Karimah Nonyameko is a program officer with the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Karimah worked for the National Alliance on Mental Illness South Carolina (NAMISC) as the Ending the Silence Lowcountry Regional Program Manager. Before joining NAMISC, Karimah worked with Encore.org’s Generation-to-Generation Program designing an online learning community… Continue Reading

Philip Garcia

Philip Garcia is the office operations manager at the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Los Altos and San Francisco offices. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, he worked in the areas of office and facilities management for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Immigrant Legal Resources Center. Previously, he worked in the radio industry in San Francisco. He… Continue Reading

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