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The Merage Institute

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation is dedicated to helping immigrants join mainstream America, and inspires young immigrants to achieve their American Dream. It helps immigrants become leaders in their communities and in the nation. It encourages Americans to recognize and celebrate the contributions of new Americans and their individual and collective positive impact on the nation. It fosters nonpartisan discussion of key immigration issues facing the United States. The foundation’s hope is that increasing numbers of immigrants will be able to reach their own and their family's aspirations.


Established in CA and NV - Founded by Paul and Elisabeth Merage. Mr. Merage is an Iranian-American entrepreneur who co-founded Chef America Inc. (later sold to Nestle for $2.6 billion), a successful frozen foods distribution company which is well known for its invention of the microwaveable snacks Hot Pockets. He is Chairman of Falcon Investment Management, Stoneridge Capital Partners, and Silverpoint Investments.


The Merage Institute

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660 Newport Ctr. Dr. Newport Beach, CA United States 92660-2007

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