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. Besides serving on the advisory council of Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, she serves on the Leadership Council of Too Small to Fail and on several boards including Math for America, The Marshall Project, The Foundation for a Just Society, and the Learning Policy Institute. She volunteers at The Beat Within (a magazine by and for incarcerated youth) 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.