Department: Staff

Office Assistant

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

September Jarrett

September Jarrett is a program officer for the Education program of the Heising-Simons Foundation, focusing on policy and systems change in California. September draws on two decades of experience in program and policy development focused on children and families in the public and private sectors. Her experiences include serving as executive director of San Francisco… Continue Reading

Madeleine Perkins

Madeleine Perkins is a program associate for the Local and Emerging Opportunities program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Madeleine wrote about science and politics for Business Insider. She also held research positions at the California Coastkeeper Alliance and the Earth Law Center. Madeleine received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and environmental studies from… Continue Reading

Malia Ramler

Malia Ramler is a program officer for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation, where she focuses on effective early childhood practice. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Malia was with First 5 Alameda County, where she co-led the development and implementation of Quality Counts, the county’s quality rating and improvement system for early care and… Continue Reading

Vanessa Fumia

Vanessa Fumia is a grants officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Vanessa worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the United Nations Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from University of Miami and a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University.

James Bullard

James Bullard is the director of technology at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, James worked as a solution architect for Exponent Partners, developing Salesforce-based solutions for nonprofits. His professional background also includes managing information systems at FairTrade USA, KQED, and the Sierra Club. In addition to his career in technology, James… Continue Reading

Sadia Hasan

Sadia Hasan is an accounting assistant at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Sadia was a technical and accounts manager at the Rahima Foundation. Born and raised in Pakistan, Sadia received a master’s degree in economics and an MBA in information technology, both from Bahauddin Zakariya University in Pakistan.