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Christine James

The John Merck Fund
Executive Director
The John Merck Fund has a four-decade legacy of supporting risk-takers and innovators that improve human health and the environment. The late Serena S. Merck founded The John Merck Fund in 1970 in honor of her son, to support research into children’s developmental disabilities. In 1986, we expanded, aiming to address human health more broadly, including the closely related issues of our nation’s energy system, chemicals use, and food production. Currently, we have four program areas: developmental disabilities, clean energy, health and the environment, and regional food systems.