Lynn Merz is the Executive Director of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund. She has served in this position for the past 10+ years. Prior to joining the Fund, Lynn was Vice President and Chief Organizational Officer at the Peninsula Community Foundation. Previously, Lynn served as the first Director of Child, Youth and Family Services for the San Mateo County Office of Education, and the Executive Director and Director of Development for Family Council of Half Moon Bay.
Before coming to California, Lynn worked as the Director of Education for residential and day-schools for emotionally troubled adolescents in Massachusetts. During her career in the Boston area, she was a principal in a consulting and counseling services practice that served independent high schools as well as adolescent clients and their families. Lynn also taught at Harvard University’s Extension Program and Tuft’s University. Lynn has a B.A. from Boston University, a Masters degree in Human Services Administration and Community Education from the University of Massachusetts; and a Masters degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University.
The Mimi and Peter Haas Fund is an innovative family foundation with a deep commitment to early childhood issues. The Fund supports activities that provide San Francisco’s low-income children ages two to five years of age and their families with access to high quality early childhood programs that are part of a comprehensive, coordinated system. The Fund recognizes the importance of connecting the work of its early childhood direct service grants to improvements in public policy, and seeks specific opportunities to share and collaborate with other nonprofit organizations.
In 2015, the Fund seeded the first shared services alliance in the Bay Area and continues to support this effort.
The Mimi and Peter Haas Fund also supports trustee-initiated grant-making to arts, education, the environment, public affairs, and health and human services organizations. Over the past decade, the Fund has made $60 million in grants within the ECE field in San Francisco.