Liz Simons

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 Leadership Council of Too Small to Fail (a joint initiative of the Opportunity Institute and the Clinton Foundation), and on several boards, including The Marshall Project, The Foundation for a Just Society, and Math for America, and the advisory council for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. She volunteers at The Beat Within (a magazine by and for incarcerated youth) in Santa Clara Juvenile Hall, in a journalism class at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, and as a storyteller in a transitional kindergarten class. Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s in education from Stanford University.