About

Embracing the diversity of all individuals

Our story

Since 2008, the Sabrina Merage Foundation has been partnering with organizations, initiatives, individuals, and campaigns to spark inclusivity among diverse cultures. We are an impact-driven and results-oriented organization that seeks to create grassroots, social movements that achieve real, tangible change. Together we can shift political, social, and educational dialogue toward inclusivity and solidarity, toward strong and vibrant cultures that embrace the diversity of all individuals. We invest our time, talent, energy, and resources in realizing this goal.

Sabrina Merage Naim

Founder

Sabrina Merage Naim (she/her) is passionate about promoting tolerance and inclusivity between religious, cultural, racial, and ethnic communities. She founded the Sabrina Merage Foundation in 2008 with the intention of building bridges between diverse societies through educational programs for young people. Sabrina focuses much of her philanthropic efforts on uniting communities and paving the way for individuals from diverse backgrounds to connect, teach, and learn from one another. Sabrina is also the founder of Echo Capital Group, a venture capital firm focused on early stage investments in consumer product companies founded by young, driven entrepreneurs who are developing exciting concepts for the uniquely individual Millennial demographic.

Sue Renner

Vice President of Philanthropy

Sue (she/her) oversees the grant making and operations for the Merage Foundations, a consortium of eight foundations and nonprofits representing three generations of the Merage family. With a focus on venture philanthropy, Sue provides strategic oversight for the Equitas Project, a non-partisan organization whose mission is to disentangle mental health from the criminal justice system; Black Cube, a nomadic, contemporary art museum that advances artists’ self-sufficiency; Early Learning Ventures (ELV), a nonprofit whose mission is to provide tools and resources that allow child care providers to streamline their business operations, resulting in more time and money to care for and educate our youngest learners; and Merage Foundation Israel, focused on fostering prosperity and well-being throughout the state of Israel.

Jamie Newton

Creative Media Project Specialist

Jamie (she/her) coordinates a wide variety of venture philanthropy projects for the Sabrina Merage Foundation and its subsidiary, Evoke Media, LLC. She brings nine years of experience helping organizations creatively approach complex, social topics.

Jamie’s sweet spot is shaping big ideas into mission-driven experiences that create connections and foster new perspectives, such as her personal project, That’s What She Said. Driven by the gender credibility—the phenomenon in which women are not perceived as credible as their male counterparts—Jamie founded That’s What She Said, a storytelling event where women submit stories and men are invited to read them aloud, for the first time, on stage in front of live audiences.

Jamie’s 2019 TEDx talk, arguing that the #metoo movement could also be about the “good guys,” has been viewed thousands of times.

Cassie Leyva

Manager of Marketing and Foundation Relations

Cassie (she/her) leads strategic public awareness campaigns, manages cross-organization marketing initiatives, administers grants, and provides project management to both the Sabrina Merage Foundation and the David and Merage Foundation. Currently, Cassie oversees the David and Laura Merage Foundation’s advocacy campaign CareForAllChildren which aims to amplify the child care affordability crisis and unite a movement of parents and their allies who are seeking federal and state child care financing reform. Cassie brings a unique background in private and nonprofit project management with over 10 years of experience in development and communications. Recently Cassie spent four years tackling health disparities in Colorado but also founded and ran a nonprofit out of East Africa for many years.

Merage Foundation Network

Sabrina Merage Foundation is part of a philanthropic consortium, representing three generations of the Merage family, promoting self-sufficiency through early childhood education, contemporary arts, and community development in the U.S. and abroad.

Care For All Children Campaign

The David and Laura Merage Foundation believes that every child deserves access to high-quality, affordable child care. It's time politicians cared as much as parents do. Visit the website to learn more.

Care for all Children