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Department: Staff

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 …

Megna Patel

Megna Patel is a program associate for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022, Megna worked at CEA Consulting where she supported non-profit clients in a variety of environmental sectors, including climate, transportation, energy, and water. Megna received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science with …

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 …

Matt Oberhoffner

Matt Oberhoffner is a program officer for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Matt has spent over a decade working on winning advocacy campaigns in the climate and clean air space, including securing federal greenhouse gas standards on vehicles and powerplants, as well as the first-ever federal methane leakage controls from …

Sedina Sinanovic

Sedina Sinanovic is a program associate for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022, she was a fellow with the Schmidt Family Foundation where she researched climate change implications on human rights and its intersections with conflict, migration, and climate justice issues. She has previously …

Tina Oliva

Tina Oliva is a program associate for the Community and Opportunity program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022, Tina provided program support for Mission Asset Fund’s grant and credit-building programs for low-income and immigrant communities. She also is actively involved in the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley which provides professional …

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez is a program officer for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Gabriele performed research in X-ray instrumentation and laboratory astrophysics as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie in Toulouse, France. Previously, she was a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow …