Our People Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez Program Officer, Science Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez is a program officer for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Gabriele performed research in X-ray instrumentation and laboratory astrophysics as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie in Toulouse, France. Previously, she was a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Gabriele has received the 2018 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Doctoral Dissertation Award in Astrophysics. In 2021, Gabriele founded the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in European Astronomy (IDEEA), an online community. She is also passionate about making the field of astronomy more environmentally sustainable. She earned her Ph.D. and master’s degree in astronomy from the University of Maryland, and has a bachelor’s degree in astronomy and physics from Yale University.