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 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.