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Looking For Our Next CEO

We are excited to be searching for our next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The new CEO of the Heising-Simons Foundation has an outstanding opportunity to impact and improve lives through the power of philanthropy and political impact. Driving change across the impact areas of Education, Science, Human Rights, Climate and Clean Energy, and Community and …

A Letter from Liz Simons, Chair of the Board

Some 15 years ago, when our family foundation was barely a glimmer in our eye, I met Deanna at an early childhood education gathering in San Jose. Deanna stood out from the other policy experts; she was brilliant, steeped in knowledge about young children’s learning. I was delighted when she agreed to go out to lunch with me and talk to me about everything she knew.

A Letter From Outgoing President and CEO Deanna Gomby

I am writing today to let you know that I’ve decided to retire at the end of this year.

Heising-Simons Foundation President to Retire
National Search Underway

The Heising-Simons Foundation today announced that President and CEO Deanna Gomby has decided to retire at the end of 2022, after more than 10 years leading the Foundation.

Foundation CEO Deanna Gomby named to Silicon Valley magazine’s “The Power List”

Heising-Simons Foundation CEO Deanna Gomby, was named to Modern Luxury’s Silicon Valley magazine’s  “The Power List” this month. 

Why I Work on Climate

After three decades as a climate advocate, I’m excited to have joined late last year the Heising-Simons Foundation as the director of the Climate and Clean Energy program. I am honored to lead a team of extraordinarily dedicated and passionate experts.

Virtual Book Event: David Dennis Jr. In Conversation With Tonya Mosley

Five years ago, the Heising-Simons Foundation started the American Mosaic Journalism Prize, awarded for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting on stories about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the American landscape. The prize aims to recognize and support freelance journalists with an unrestricted cash award of $100,000 per recipient, call attention to the recipients’ great promise, and to give them the freedom to continue their work.

Board Chair Liz Simons Delivers Remarks on Intersectionality

Liz Simons, Chair of the Board of the Heising-Simons Foundation, delivered a slightly revised version of the following remarks at The Giving Pledge Virtual Learning Series, “Equity and Intersectionality: What Do Philanthropists Need to Know?” on December 7, 2021.

Grantees in the News, November 2021

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in November 2021.