Global Conference 2016
Chair, Heising-Simons Foundation
Elizabeth Simons is chair of the Heising-Simons Foundation. She is also founder of Stretch to Kindergarten, a summer program designed to facilitate the transition to kindergarten for children with no or negligible preschool experience. Simons taught Spanish bilingual and English as a Second Language elementary school classes and, previously, high school English. She volunteers in a journalism class at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, Calif. Simons serves on the leadership council of Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Opportunity Institute and the Clinton Foundation that seeks to improve the health and well-being of America's youngest children. Her board memberships include the Foundation for a Just Society, and she serves on the advisory council for Stanford University's Graduate School of Education. Simons is also a member of the Philanthropy Workshop. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's in education from Stanford.