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Sue Renner appointed by Governor Polis to the Early Childhood Leadership Commission

Aug 06 2019

July 16, 2019 (Denver, CO) – On July 1, 2019, Governor Jared Polis appointed new members to the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC). The ECLC is comprised of 20 Commissioners that are appointed by the Governor to advocate and lead this initiative. The Commission is represented by professionals across various sectors, including parents, early childhood professionals, school districts, nonprofit entities, businesses, and state departments.

Sue Renner, Vice President of Philanthropy, Merage Foundations, was appointed to the Commission to serve as a statewide representative bringing extensive early childhood education knowledge and advocacy experience. Sue directs Merage Foundations, a consortium of eight foundations and nonprofits representing three generations of the David & Laura Merage family in Denver, Colorado, and leads Merage Foundations’ advocacy surrounding early childhood policy, including the advancement of Paid Parent Leave and increasing access to affordable, high-quality child care. Sue is a member of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Education Policy Council and serves on the Bright by Three Board of Directors. Additionally, Sue is a founding Board Member of Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC), a business leader’s roundtable dedicated to early childhood education advocacy.

The David & Laura Merage Foundation invests in breakthrough innovations and ignites public will for high-quality early childhood education, equitable justice for those experiencing mental illness, increased access to contemporary art, and the prosperity of Israel. In 2009, the David & Laura Merage Foundation launched Early Learning Ventures (ELV) with the belief that all children deserve access to high-quality early care and education. Through ELV’s impactful work and providing support to other early childhood initiatives, the foundation continues to advocate for access to high-quality care and education for children across Colorado.