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Post: Introducing our Director of Climate and Clean Energy

We are very excited to share the news of a new hire at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Last week, Devra Wang joined the Foundation as our first director of the Climate and Clean Energy program. Devra has deep experience working on climate and energy issues, serving most recently as a program director at the Energy Foundation.… Continue Reading

Person: Devra Wang

Devra Wang was the director of the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, she served as program director at the Energy Foundation, focusing on U.S. power sector issues. She also served as the director of the California Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council… Continue Reading

Post: Yale Leads Research Collaboration to Explore Origins of the Universe

Yale physics professor David DeMille has launched a pioneering investigation into the origins of the universe with support from the John Templeton Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation. DeMille plans to build a novel apparatus to sense the existence of never-before-seen subatomic particles thought to have a determining role in the formation of matter. Proving their… Continue Reading

Post: PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) recently released the results of a statewide survey it conducted on environmental issues and policies. In what is the 16th annual PPIC Statewide Survey on environmental issues since 2000, results showed—among other findings—that most Californians state they are willing to pay more for electricity from renewable sources to help reduce… Continue Reading

Post: Letter from the President: July 2016

Working for a staffed family foundation, we often have the opportunity to feel pride in the living donors we represent. Last month, our founders Liz Simons and Mark Heising demonstrated their unwavering belief in the value of philanthropy by joining the Giving Pledge. As many of you know, the Giving Pledge invites the world’s wealthiest… Continue Reading

Post: New Consensus Study on Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8

Parents have a profound impact on their children’s education and development. And yet, developing a framework to better support effective parenting practices has remained a challenge, particularly in the context of changing demographic characteristics of the U.S. population, greater diversity in family structures, and increased access to technology and parenting information. Developed by the National… Continue Reading

Post: The Road Less Traveled

Education program officers Holly Kreider and Kimberly Brenneman write about their work with the Foundation’s early math and family engagement grant portfolios in this post for Harvard Family Research Project’s new blog, New Directions in Family Engagement. As program officers at the Heising-Simons Foundation, we often take the road less traveled, seeking out areas of… Continue Reading