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Grant Highlight: Peninsula Open Space Trust

The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms, and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since it was founded in 1977, POST has saved more than 75,000 acres as permanent open space and parkland in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. This grant provides general support for POST.… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Peer Health Exchange

Peer Health Exchange’s (PHE) mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. PHE recruits, selects, and trains college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education, across the country. This grant supports PHE’s Bay Area program, which will train 215 college… Continue Reading

Person: Jenny Calixto Quigley

Jenny Calixto Quigley joined the Heising-Simons Foundation in 2013 as its senior associate for programs and grants management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s in poetry from University of Oregon, and has experience working in both the private and nonprofit sectors.

Person: Kimberly Brenneman

Kimberly Brenneman is a program officer for early mathematics at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Kimberly was research faculty at Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research, where she led projects focused on curricular and instructional practices to foster science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning for young children in… Continue Reading

Person: Judy Blumenstein

Judy Blumenstein is the director of finance at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2010, Judy worked in treasury, finance, and accounting both in the private and public sectors. She received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Person: Cyndi Atherton

Cyndi Atherton is the director of the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Cyndi was a science program director at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she oversaw portfolios that included astronomy, condensed matter physics, seismology, and other physical sciences, as well as large scale commitments to… Continue Reading

Person: Caitlin Heising

Caitlin Heising is vice chair of the Heising‐Simons Foundation, a family foundation based in Los Altos and San Francisco, California. She received a Master of Public Administration at the London School of Economics (LSE) with a focus on social impact, graduating with distinction in 2020. Previously, she worked with Article 3 Advisors, a human rights and… Continue Reading

Person: Liz Simons

Liz Simons is chair of the board of the Heising-Simons Foundation. A former teacher, Liz worked in Spanish-bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms, and subsequently founded Stretch to Kindergarten, a spring-summer early childhood education program. She currently serves on the advisory council for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, and on the… Continue Reading

Person: Mark Heising

Mark Heising founded Medley Partners, a private market investment firm, in 2004. Previously he was the Founder of VLSI Cores, which designed and licensed cryptographic integrated circuits. He holds six U.S. Patents in cryptography, compression and data communications. Mark serves on the board of directors for Sion Power. He is Chair of the Environmental Defense… Continue Reading