Our People Deanna Gomby President and CEO 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 worked at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, ending her tenure there as acting director of its Children, Families, and Communities program. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and a master’s in health services research, both from Stanford University. Deanna joined the Heising-Simons Foundation in 2012.