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Program Officer, Human Rights

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

Grant Highlight: Women’s Foundation of California: Essie Justice Group

The Women’s Foundation of California, a public charity seeking to advance gender equality, is the fiscal sponsor of the Essie Justice Group. This grant supports the Essie Justice Group, which harnesses the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to empower women and end mass incarceration. Of the 2.2 million people incarcerated in the… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Tides Center: Californians for Safety and Justice

The Tides Center is the fiscal sponsor for Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), a statewide nonprofit with a mission to replace prison and justice system waste with common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods and save public dollars. Through policy advocacy, public education, partnerships, and support for local best practices, it promotes effective criminal… Continue Reading