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Person: Deanna Gomby

Deanna Gomby is the president and chief executive officer of the Heising-Simons Foundation. She has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy and issues related to young children. Prior to joining the Foundation, Deanna was an independent consultant to foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies, helping to design and evaluate programs for children. She previously… Continue Reading

Person: Brian Eule

Brian Eule is the director of communications at the Heising-Simons Foundation, where he also oversees a journalism grant portfolio and is an officer of the Foundation as corporate secretary. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, he served as the director of communications at the James Irvine Foundation. Brian’s experience in philanthropy has included a… Continue Reading

Person: Kiamethia Coaxum

Kiamethia Coaxum is the executive assistant to the Heising-Simons Foundation’s President and CEO. Prior to joining the Foundation, she held several administrative positions at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation within their patient care, communications, and human resources departments. Kiamethia started her philanthropic career at the Rush Copley Medical Center Foundation in Aurora, Illinois, where she managed… Continue Reading

Person: Justine Choy

Justine Choy is a program officer for the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Justine served as the director of grantmaking at The Health Trust, and held program officer positions at The California Endowment, Peninsula Community Foundation, and Koret Foundation. She earned a master’s degree in public… Continue Reading

Person: Jorge Cino

Jorge Cino is a communications officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, he managed internal and external communications at the Levi Strauss Foundation, Levi Strauss & Co.’s philanthropic arm, and served as the senior communications associate at the Family Independence Initiative, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting economic and social mobility. He… Continue Reading

Person: Peggy Chang

Peggy Chang is a program associate for Human Rights at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Peggy was an associate consultant with VIVA Strategy + Communications, where she managed a zero-to-eight collective impact initiative. Other experiences include nonprofit fundraising and behavioral therapy to children with autism. Peggy received her master’s degree in… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: University of Maine: Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR)

This research project is a collaboration between the University of Maine, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, and the University of Kansas. This grant supports the design, engineering, and deployment of a fully-autonomous, ground-based glacier-monitoring system, also known as the Atlas System. The system integrates state-of-the art Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) laser technology, an… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) promotes the development of science and engineering at the national level. AAAS is the world’s largest scientific society, partnering with over 262 societies and academies of science. This grant supports four fellows in its Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship Program (MMF), which provides young scientists and… Continue Reading