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Darryl Young | Executive Director

Merck Family Fund

Merck Family Fund -- a multi-generational family foundation dedicated to protecting the natural environment and strengthening the urban community -- has selected Darryl Young as its next Executive Director, effective September 2022. Darryl comes to MFF from the DC-based Summit Foundation, where he has served since 2008 as the Director of the Sustainable Cities Program, which supports sustainability and climate leaders in identifying and scaling solutions within the context of today’s highly complex urban challenges. Working closely with a three-generation board of trustees, Darryl has led the design and development of a dynamic grants portfolio in urban sustainability, responding directly to the urgency of the climate crisis amid systemic inequality. Darryl’s work at Summit has been defined by leveraging small grants for greater impact through deep engagement with and investment in diverse networks of stakeholders that include nonprofits; governments at the local, state, and federal levels; and aligned philanthropic institutions. While at Summit, Darryl has also played a critical role in shaping the Foundation’s overall grantmaking priorities and funding strategies. Prior to Summit, Darryl was the Director of the California Department of Conservation and Acting Director of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Previous positions also include Board Member of the California Board of Forestry; Chief Consultant to the California Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee; National Media Director for The Sierra Club; and Legislative Assistant in the California State Assembly. Darryl is a trustee emeritus of the TransitCenter Foundation, on the steering committee of the Climate and Energy Funders, the board chair of Main Street America, and a board member of the Reloop Platform. He has also served on the boards of the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, the Story of Stuff Project, and the National Recycling Coalition. Darryl received his BA in political science with an emphasis on environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California, Davis. Karen Wilcox led this search with Tatiana Oberkoetter, supported by Monica Ochoa.