Jonathan Merage

Founder

Jonathan Merage

Founder

Jonathan Merage is a proven entrepreneur, researcher, artist, and philanthropist. Over the past 10 years, Jonathan has been actively pursuing and seeking out technology and energy opportunities that make a sustainable impact for people and the planet, including supporting severe weather research and ways scientists can better predict storms before they occur.

Since its founding, the Jonathan Merage Foundation has developed a standing partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, Denver Botanic Gardens, University of Hawaii’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Colorado State University, and Hawaii Nature Center.

Sue Renner

Sue Renner

Vice President

Sue oversees the grant making and operations for the Merage Foundation, and is spearheading the development of the Foundation’s Early Learning Ventures initiative to increase the stability and productivity of Colorado’s ECE sector. Prior to joining the Merage Foundation in 2006, Sue was the Executive Director of Early Childhood Connections, a nonprofit corporation providing early intervention supports and services to over 1,000 infants, toddlers, and their families each year in the Denver-metro region. Sue also worked as a Senior Program Manager with the Colorado Office of Resource and Referral Agencies where she was responsible for launching Colorado’s T.E.A.C.H. program, a public-private venture to provide early care and education professionals with college scholarships.

Sue’s experience includes volunteer leadership roles with several community development, family support and early care and education organizations. Ms. Renner received her BS in Human Development from California Polytechnic University, and her MS in Child and Family Development from Colorado State University.

Katie Lunde

Katie Lunde

Culture & Communications Strategist

Katie oversees all strategic communication efforts for the Merage Foundations to elevate the great work of the organization and its partners. Katie likewise nurtures the internal culture of the Merage Foundations, Early Learning Ventures, the Equitas Project, and Black Cube to support a positive working environment for all associates. Katie has more than 10 years in nonprofit and organizational development experience. Prior to joining the Merage Foundations, she completed year-long graduate practicums at both YouthRoots and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. Before residing in Denver, Katie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Swaziland, Africa as a Youth Development Facilitator.

Katie received her BA/BS in Psychology/Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University, and her MS in Social Work with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Policy Practice from the University of Denver.

Catharina Hughey

Catharina Hughey

Operations Specialist

Catharina provides support in all grant making and operations for the Merage Foundations, in addition to oversight of programs. Catharina has spent over 8 years supporting non-profit organizations in varying capacities. Prior to joining the Merage Foundations, she worked with the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness and Having Kids, Inc., focusing on curriculum evaluation and intervention research. Catharina is passionate about social justice, diversity, and ensuring that innovative design is central to the narrative for positive change. Catharina received her BA in International Studies-International Relations from Texas State University and her MS in Social Work with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Policy Practice from the University of Denver.