Ellen W. Lambert

Urban Environment and Urban Health


Work Position
EVP Merck Foundation/ED Merck Office of Corp Giving

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Ellen is the Executive Vice President, The Merck Company Foundation, and Executive Director, Merck Office of Corporate Philanthropy. She has primary operational responsibility for the Office of Corporate Giving and The Merck Foundation, which together provide cash contributions of between $50 and  $70 million dollars and 300K hours of skills based, pro bono volunteering annually to a range of non-profit organizations worldwide. She also has responsibility for The Merck Institute for Science Education and The Merck Childhood Asthma Network. Major initiatives include the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnership in Botswana, the Merck-China HIV/AIDS Partnership, Merck Vaccines Network – Africa, the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative, the Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program, the Merck Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, Rx to Fight Hunger, and the Save the Children Front Line Health Workers advocacy initiative.

Ellen has 25 years of experience in philanthropy and corporate citizenship, serving as Executive Director of The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, a private healthcare foundation, as well as Director of Corporate Relations and Contributions at Roche, where she managed the U.S. corporate reputation and contributions program.

Ellen is an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching Master's level and Certificate courses on civil society, globalization and philanthropy in the Heyman School of Continuing Education. She serves on the UN Advisory Council for EWEC and Women For Water. She  received her B.A. from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, an M.A.T. from Tulane University in New Orleans and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. 


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