Nandini "Dini" Merz earned a degree in international relations from Cornell University and then a J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1993. After completing her formal schooling, Merz became an environmental-policy consultant for Public Sector Consultants, where she worked on issues related to “sprawl and contamination remediation.” Next, she served as program director for the Tremaine Foundation, where she focused her energies on grant-making programs in the areas of learning disabilities, arts, and the environment.
In 2003 Merz served as a board member of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, a grant-making program which seeks “to energize and nurture long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities” in the New England area.
In March of that same year, Merz joined the Proteus Fund, where she currently serves as director of Peace & Security Programs. Merz works closely with Proteus Fund founder and president Margaret Gage.
In addition to her work with the Proteus Fund, Merz also “guides the work” of the Colombe Foundation, a family philanthropy that “focuses on creating a more peaceful world through changes in U.S. policy.” Moreover, Merz sits on the steering committee of the Peace and Security Funders Group along with Cora Weiss, among others.