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Department: Education

Kate Ray

Kate Ray joined the Heising-Simons Foundation in 2024 as a program associate supporting the Education team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kate worked for the Rogers Family Foundation in the final years leading up to the spenddown of its Oakland Education Strategy. There she gained experience supporting grantmaking and administrative operations, serving as a program …

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 …

Andrea Michel

Andrea Michel is a program manager 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Kimberly Brenneman

Kimberly Brenneman is a program officer for early mathematics at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Kimberly was research faculty at Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research, where she led projects focused on curricular and instructional practices to foster science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning for young children in …