Firedoll Foundation

About Us

Sandor and Faye Straus  

Sandor Then And NowSandor and Faye, founders of The Firedoll Foundation, met during Senator Eugene McCarthy's 1968 campaign for the Presidency. Faye received her B.A. in Political Science from the UC, Berkeley that year. Sandor completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Berkeley in 1972.

Sandor taught mathematics and computer science at the Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg in Germany, and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been involved in financial modeling and investing since 1980 with Renaissance Technology Corp. and Edgestream Partners LP, a financial consulting company.

Faye StrausFaye worked in government at the federal and local levels, including positions in budget analysis and program evaluation for the Suffolk County Legislature and the Suffolk County Probation Department in New York. On the community level she had been active in supporting local public education, promoting the quality of maternal and child health, and participating in peace and reconciliation work, including facilitating Jewish-Palestinian dialogue.

Melissa Boilon

Melissa Then NowMelissa is Firedoll's newest program officer, and works primarily in the areas of Immigration and Human Rights, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Community Development. She has a Masters of Public Administration and enjoys working with the wide variety of organizations in the Bay Area. She loves traveling, but always enjoys coming home to her native state of California. She also enjoys going on long hikes in the Oakland hills with her husband and her cattle dog.

Stephen Hoeft

Stephen Hoeft Then NowProgram Officer Stephen Hoeft brings his passion and acumen to Firedoll Foundation's Community Development Program. A polymath - he also handles grants focused on the Sierra Nevadas. Stephen squeezes hours in at the office between the inherently hectic schedule of his children, which is why you might not hear from him for a long time. Pursuing a degree in Chemistry took him across the country, but he found a way back to his native California, the state he considers the best in the Union... and he has driven to and through each one.

Arlene Wong

Arlene Then NowProgram Officer Arlene has been at Firedoll Foundation since 2011. She received a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, she has worked for the Hawaii State Legislature, US Congress, USEPA, and the Pacific Institute. Arlene brings formidable expertise to Firedoll Foundation in the areas of environmental policy, California water policy, and environmental justice.