David & Laura Merage Foundation

Our purpose is to tackle complex societal problems and accelerate lasting solutions.

We are a perpetual charitable foundation advancing David and Laura Merage’s commitment to early childhood education, mental health equality, contemporary art, Israel prosperity and Jewish life. We invest in breakthrough innovations, launch new organizations, and mobilize movements to reform laws. 

Our aim is to realize a society where:

Every child has access to quality early care and education, the cost of care is a shared responsibility, and families are served by an ample supply of high-performing providers.

The mental health & criminal justice systems are disentangled, and laws are enacted to ensure equitable treatment for people experiencing mental illness.

Artists have access to incubator facilities where they can create, exhibit and accelerate their careers, and communities have access to contemporary art in nomadic museums outside the confines of gallery walls.

Israel is a prosperous nation, with an economically vibrant and culturally vital Negev region.

David Merage

Ellis-Island-Award-(1)David Merage is a 2013 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient. He was honored at an elaborate ceremony on May 11, 2013. In recognition of this prestigious honor, Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed May 11, 2013 as “David Merage Day” in Colorado.

From an early age, David knew he was destined to be an entrepreneur. In 1975, he co-founded Chef America, Inc., a frozen food manufacturer known for inventing the Hot Pocket ©. At the time of its sale to Nestlé in 2002 for $2.6B, the company had reached $750 million in annual sales, employed 1,800 people, and was growing at a rate of 15% per year, making it one of the most successful food companies in the world.

Today, David is principal of Consolidated Investment Group (CIG) and is an active international investor with a diverse portfolio of real estate, private equity and capital market investments.

David Merage is passionate about giving back to the community and, together with his wife Laura, provides leadership to multiple philanthropic foundations.

David was born in Tehran, Iran. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from California State University.

Laura Merage

Laura MerageLaura Merage works to positively influence the lives of thousands of people every day and she is passionate about giving back to the community. Together with her husband, David, Laura provides leadership and direction to several philanthropic organizations.

Laura Merage was born in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of fifteen. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and her Masters Degree in Art from New York University. Laura is an artist/photographer with works in public and private collections nationally and internationally. Her work keeps her traveling for shows as well as inspiration. She keeps studios in Denver, Hawaii and Israel.

Laura has launched several philanthropic organizations, including RedLine in Denver, an organization that Laura founded which is an urban art laboratory, promoting the creative expression of visual and performing resident artists. Laura is also the founder of Black Cube, an experimental art museum that operates nomadically and works with artists to produce pop up exhibitions in unexpected places.

Laura serves on the Anti-Defamation League Board of Directors (Mountain States Region and National), and is deeply committed to their mission of promoting justice and fair treatment to all. Laura’s dedication to her community extends to organizations promoting Jewish Life, the arts, and Early Childhood Education.