Dini Merz

Peace & Security Program Director

Dini guides the work of the Colombe Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on creating a more peaceful world through changes in US policy.  Dini recommends and evaluates Foundation strategies based on its vision and goals, identifies grants and activities to advance these strategies, designs governance structures to facilitate the work of the foundation, facilitates grant review meetings, and represents the foundations in the progressive community.  The foundation benefits from her expertise in crafting grant making strategy to maximize impact in a field that is complex and difficult to evaluate. Prior to joining the Proteus team in March of 2003, Dini was the Program Director for the Tremaine Foundation for which she designed grant-making strategies and evaluation frameworks for the foundation and its three focus areas: Learning Disabilities, Arts and the Environment. In this capacity she further helped the foundation design governance structures and Board-engagement programs that reflected the family's philanthropic interests and developed its first program-related policies. Before the Tremaine Foundation she was an environmental policy consultant for Public Sector Consultants where she worked extensively on sprawl and contamination remediation. Dini has served as a Board member and Secretary of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Peace and Security Funders Group. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from The National Law Center, George Washington University in 1993, and graduated cum laude in international relations from Cornell University.