Department: Staff

Office Operations Manager, Los Altos and San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

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.