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Type: Interviews

Human Rights Program Featured in Inside Philanthropy

Heising-Simons Foundation’s Human Rights Program Director Angie Junck and Program Officer Rose Cahn were featured in Inside Philanthropy this week. In the interview, Angie and Rose talk about the intersectionality of immigrant justice with other issues of criminalization, being a pathfinder funder for new coalitions and emergent opportunities, and supporting narrative change. Reflecting on state-specific …

Podcast: Sushma Raman on Leading Social Justice and Philanthropic Initiatives

What types of skills are necessary to lead social justice and philanthropic initiatives? What does it mean to plan and design a career path in the social impact sector, and how can leaders best manage change and challenges? On March 12 at 9 AM EST, Sushma Raman, President and CEO of Heising-Simons Foundation, will be sharing insights and tips on these questions during a live conversation with Craig Zelizer for the Social Change Career Podcast.

MethaneSAT: Q&A With Board Member Mark Heising

MethaneSAT, a new satellite funded by Climate and Clean Energy grantee Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), launched from Vanderberg Space Force Base on March 4, 2024. MethaneSAT will find and measure methane emissions with unparalleled precision. Heising-Simons Foundation Board member Mark Heising serves as Chair of the Board of EDF and sits on the steering committee …

Roland Hwang’s Op-Ed: Don’t Let Big Oil Stop Clean Transportation

As more people turn to electric vehicles, the oil industry is using political power and disinformation to delay a shift to clean transportation.

The Carceral Carousel: Q&A with Grantees Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Detention Watch Network

Over the past three decades, the federal immigration and criminal legal systems have become increasingly intertwined. Using the criminalization of Black and brown people as a tool, these two systems, working in tandem, have driven up rates of arrest, incarceration, and deportation, fueling the growth of the prison industry and leading to the separation of both citizen and noncitizen families.

Q&A With Grantee MomsRising: What President Biden’s Executive Order Means for Child Care

In April 2023, the Biden administration signed a historic Care Executive Order to expand access to affordable, high-quality care, and provide support for care workers and family caregivers. Notable provisions include directives to federal agencies to increase compensation for the early childhood workforce, increase subsidy reimbursement rates, strengthen benefits, and reduce family costs. It also …

51 Pegasi b Fellow Discovers First Extrasolar Radiation Belt: Q&A with Dr. Melodie Kao

A team of scientists led by Dr. Melodie Kao, a 51 Pegasi b postdoctoral fellow based at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has discovered the first extra-solar radiation belt, a zone of energetic charged particles that are captured by and held around a planet by that planet’s magnetosphere. See below for a Q&A with …

Preparing 100,000 STEM Teachers for American Classrooms: Q&A With 100Kin10

It’s no secret that U.S. students lag behind many developed nations in mathematical proficiency, and that our country could be doing a lot more to close that gap––for example, recognizing the critical role of early mathematics education in children’s long-term success, acknowledging the inequities in the current system, and seeking change by employing solutions that can improve educational practices on a large scale.