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Vanessa Goodwin

Vanessa Goodwin is a senior legal counsel at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Vanessa was the assistant general counsel at Arnold Ventures LLC, where she advised the organization on a variety of legal and business matters. Previously, she also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she investigated …

Jill Cartwright

Jill Cartwright is a program officer with the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2024, Jill served as a Program Officer for the Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice, collaborating with frontline leaders to build power in communities in the U.S. South that are historically denied access …

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 …

Kevin Luu

Kevin Luu is the chief financial officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2024, Kevin worked in treasury, finance, and accounting both in the private and public sectors, most recently at Humanity United. He received a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University.

Rose Cahn

Rose Cahn is a program officer with the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2023, Rose served as the managing attorney at Immigrant Legal Resource Center, where she oversaw the organization’s national work at the intersection of criminal and immigrant justice. Rose has worked closely with stakeholders from …

Sophie Amid-Hozour

Sophie Amid-Hozour is a program associate for the CEO Fund at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2023, Sophie worked at various nonprofits around the Bay Area, including Humanity United and Catholic Charities Youth Club in East Palo Alto. Additionally, Sophie worked at Plug and Play Tech Center, a corporate innovation platform, …

Sushma Raman

Sushma Raman is the President and CEO of the Heising-Simons Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors. She is an interdisciplinary and experienced philanthropic leader. Sushma brings over two decades of experience launching, scaling, and leading social justice and philanthropic programs and collaboratives, including helping build capabilities of grassroots human rights organizations and their …

Evan Carlson

Evan Carlson is a program officer for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. He has a wealth of experience developing and implementing climate and clean energy campaigns—engaging state and regional partners at the local level, coordinating national coalition partners to enact strategies around shared goals, and creating and executing communications plans …

Francisco Rivera

Francisco Rivera is the Technology Associate at Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as a Systems Administrator at TSG Networks, providing technical support to small and medium sized companies all over the Bay Area. When not working, Francisco enjoys watching basketball, playing tennis, and trying out new board games. Francisco received a …