Cindy Mercer, Co-Founder and Vice President
Cindy Mercer is an entrepreneur, investor and mentor who is deeply passionate about connecting people, ideas, and resources to solve complex global challenges.
With Addison Fischer, Cindy Co-founded Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF) following a spend-down of her family foundation; which afforded her a deep learning curve and appreciation for high leverage impact. PHF is a collaborative grant making and impact investing foundation focused on climate, marine, biodiversity, animal welfare and food.
In climate, PHF launched the Aligned Intermediary, an advisory group supporting institutional investors to increase flow of private capital into climate infrastructure projects including clean energy, water, and waste-to-value. To date, AI’s 8 members are committed to deploying $1.3 billion.
PHF also launched Energy Options Network (EON), an advisory partner to AI, focused on earlier stage technologies and industries (i.e. advanced nuclear, fusion, ccs, liquid fuels), as well as the Electrification Coalition, committed to transportation electrification at mass scale.
In marine conservation, PHF sponsored several strategic TED initiatives, including two Mission Blue voyages and launched Oceans 5, a global funders’ collaborative seeking to protect the planet’s five oceans. There are currently thirteen Oceans 5 partners including PHF, Oak Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Waitt Foundation, Packard Foundation, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Cindy serves on the board of Oceans 5, Virgin Unite Constellation, The Philanthropy Workshop, The National Center for Family Philanthropy, the Jane Goodall Institute, and The Kitchen Community. She is an advisor to several primary donor education initiatives including the Johnson Center for Family Philanthropy and the Raikes Foundation Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative.