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Board Liaison and Grants Officer

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. She earned her Ph.D. in atmospheric science… 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

Grant Highlight: Los Altos Community Foundation

The Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) works to strengthen the community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View. This grant supports LACF’s Community Grants Program, which strengthens local arts and culture, community building, the environment, health, seniors, and youth and education organizations. This grant also provides… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) works to ensure that the creators of technology mirror the people and societies who use it. ABI connects, inspires, and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. This grant provides general support to the Palo Alto-based organization, helping women… Continue Reading