Our purpose: to promote literacy, conservation of wildlife and wild places, the movement arts, and to open doors of opportunity to women and girls.
We came together, inspired by Meriama, to bring her energy – energy full of curiosity and wonder and warmth – into the world. Meriama Fund takes inspiration from this remarkable woman’s drive for social justice, and deep caring for people and the planet, to support work that creates real and positive change.
Erica Stone, Founder
Erica Stone founded the Meriama Fund to honor her mother, Mary Bowrin. Erica has traveled extensively throughout the Himalaya on foot, horse, yak, truck, and helicopter and delights in the most remote corners of Asia. She is president of the American Himalayan Foundation, a director of The Fund for the Tiger and was co-editor of Himalaya, published by National Geographic. Erica has trained in and taught taekwondo for four decades and holds a fifth degree black belt. She has a B.A. and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jenn Allen, Secretary
Jenn Allen has worked in the non-profit sector for almost 20 years. Whether it is supporting the people, culture and environment in the Himalaya region, fighting for a healthy environment for all with Earthjustice, or making healthcare accessible to everyone with the Berkeley Free Clinic, Jenn enjoys working with dedicated teams to achieve real tangible results to make the world a better place for everyone. She is dedicated to equity and brings an intersectional lens to all of her work.
Ann Marie Grace, Treasurer
Anne Marie Grace has been teaching for San Francisco Unified School District for 26 years. She encourages young women and young people of color to see themselves as scientists and mathematicians. Teacher 4 Social Change recognized her with a Teacher for Social Justice award in 2015. She now works as a teacher coach at Downtown High School.
Anne Marie has memberships to every fine arts museum in San Francisco and loves Paris.