At The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Aaron Merki serves as Managing Director, Programs and Grants, and as Program Director for Older Adult Services. As Managing Director, Aaron is responsible for leading the Program Team in all grantmaking activities. As Program Director for Older Adult Services, he is responsible for developing and executing the Foundation’s philanthropic strategy with respect to the most vulnerable, disadvantaged older adults. Aaron is also responsible for leading the Foundation’s Together We Care initiative, which has brought together several national and local nonprofit leaders in the older adults field, who are working together to improve the lives of older adults in Maryland, through the replication of Aging in Community best practices.
Prior to working at the Weinberg Foundation, Aaron served as the Executive Director of FreeState Justice, dedicated to improving the lives of Maryland’s LGBTQ citizens through legal services and advocacy. From 2010-2013, Aaron worked as a corporate litigator at Venable LLP where he represented a range of Fortune 500 companies, in addition to smaller businesses and individuals. From 2008-2009, Aaron clerked for the Honorable Judge Susan K. Gauvey of the United States District Court for Maryland. He earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Phi Beta Kappa, where he was a Walter Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar.
Other leadership roles include having served on the boards of Grantmakers in Aging, the Public Justice Center, The Journey Home, the Baltimore City Public Schools Ethics Panel, and FreeState Justice. In 2011, Aaron was named one of Baltimore’s “20 in their 20’s” and in 2010, Aaron was named UMBC’s Rising Star Alumnus of the Year.