UC Merced Foundation


Founded in 2000, the UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees is a volunteer fundraising board that helps to promote and increase private philanthropic support, advocates for the university and manages a portion of the university's endowment.

Business and community leaders from across the state and nation comprise the UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees. These members are essential to the University because they help provide key linkages in all areas of government, commerce, education and society. Being a trustee allows one the opportunity to engage with the Chancellor, faculty and campus leadership in order to provide guidance in key areas, as well as learn firsthand about the top campus priorities, needs and future plans.

Trustees serve a three year appointment and meet three times a year for regular sessions. Five standing committees, which include Audit, Development, Executive, Finance and Investment and Nomination, support the activities of the Foundation. Trustees provide annual support to the campus in an area of their choosing.


Before there was even a building to meet in, trustees have been making an incredible impact on our campus. As a group and as individuals, significant support has been provided to a variety of programs and initiatives as a result of their efforts. In recent years, the Board has collectively contributed over $1 million to Graduate Student Fellowships, a Presidential Academic Endowed Chair, and a UC Merced Maker’s Lab.

Learn more about the impact of their giving, as well as that of others, here.



2017 - 2018 Meeting Dates

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
UC Merced Foundation Executive Committee
2016 - 2017 UC Merced Foundation Executive Committee


Jan Mendenhall
Associate Vice Chancellor for Development
Executive Director, UC Merced Foundation

Virginia Lerer
Director of Operations, Development & Alumni Relations