Cindy Mercer is an entrepreneur, impact investor and mentor; passionate about connecting people, ideas, knowhow and resources to solve global challenges. Early in her journey, Cindy worked with President Carter to help establish the Carter Center, followed by a career as a lawyer and entrepreneur.
With Addison Fischer, Cindy Co-founded Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF); a grant making and impact investing foundation focused on systems change in climate, marine, biodiversity, animal welfare, and food.
In climate, PHF recently launched the Aligned Intermediary (AI), an investment advisory group supporting institutional investors to increase the flow of private capital to climate infrastructure projects including clean energy, water, and waste-to-value. Aligned Intermediary’s initial investor members have committed to deploy $1.4 billion.
In marine, PHF launched Oceans 5, a global funders’ collaborative focused on marine protection and overfishing, including partners Oak Foundation, Waitt Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Packard Foundation, Moore Foundation, and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Cindy serves as a board member for Oceans 5, Virgin Unite Constellation, Kimbal Musk’s Kitchen Community, The Jane Goodall Institute, The Philanthropy Workshop, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and as advisor to several primary donor education initiatives including the Raikes Foundation Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative.