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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 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 leaders. …

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 …

Laura Vesga Villalba

Laura Vesga Villalba is a program associate for the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022, Laura worked for the Center for Global Education at the University of San Francisco (USF), promoting study abroad opportunities to students and assisting them throughout the study abroad process. During her time …

Chelsey Ziegler-Scaffidi

Chelsey Ziegler-Scaffidi is the senior legal counsel at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Chelsey specializes in the law of exempt organizations, serves as a legal liaison to programs, and supports operations and corporate governance across the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022, Chelsey was counsel at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where …

Aubrey Stevenson

Aubrey Stevenson is the office coordinator at the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Los Altos office. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022, Aubrey worked for the City of Morgan Hill’s Recreation Department. Previously, she was an intern for California State Assemblymember Evan Low and worked on various political campaigns. Aubrey received a bachelor’s degree in political science …