Nicholas J.S. Gibson, John Templeton Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Human Sciences

FUNDING AREAS: Anthropology, sociology, political science, and psychology, religion, spirituality

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PROFILE: Nicholas J.S. Gibson is the John Templeton Foundation's program officer in charge of grantmaking for academic research in what the group terms the "human sciences": anthropology, sociology, political science, and psychology. His foundation bio shares: 

Nicholas Gibson is responsible for developing grant programs on the scientific study of religion and non-religion, the psychology of virtues and character strengths, and the interface between spirituality and health. He has a particular interest in projects taking a cognitive approach to these areas.
Dr. Gibson studied psychology and physiology at the University of Oxford and received his Ph.D. in psychology of religion from the University of Cambridge. He was subsequently a research fellow in science and religion at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he also taught social psychology.

Nessa Rapoport, Charles H. Revson Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Jewish life, Jewish education, and Jewish culture in North America.

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PROFILE: Nessa Rapoport serves as Senior Program Officer at the Charles H. Revson Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

Nessa Rapoport oversees grants that focus on North American Jewish life and Israel. She joined the Foundation in 2005 and has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1991, developing programs and publications in the areas of leadership education and Jewish culture in the United States and Israel. Previously, she was a senior editor at Bantam Books, where she specialized in memoirs, including the bestselling book of the decade, Iacocca: An Autobiography.
She is the author of a novel, Preparing for Sabbath; a collection of prose poems, A Woman’s Book of Grieving; and a memoir, House on the River: A Summer Journey. She writes and speaks frequently on Jewish culture and imagination.

Shirin Vakharia, Marin Community Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

FUNDING AREAS: Health and Aging

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PROFILE: Ms. Vakharia shared the following bio:

Shirin Vakharia current serves as a program director for Health and Aging at the Marin
Community Foundation in Novato, California. In this role she oversees a $2.7 million portfolio
and is responsible for grantmaking strategy for four initiatives.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Vakharia worked for Napa County Health and Human
Services Agency as the Prevention Coordinator. In this role she planned and oversaw county
and provider operated substance abuse prevention, tobacco control, HIV and mental health

She has a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from
the University of Cincinnati.