Robin Merle, CFRE

Author, Founder & Principle

Robin Merle, CFRE has been a senior executive for health care, higher education, and other non-profit organizations. She has raised more than a half-billion dollars in philanthropy during her nearly forty years working with prominent institutions, including the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, New York University, Hospital for Special Surgery affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine, and the Rutgers University Foundation.


She has served as a board member for three nonprofits in New York City, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City Chapter; the New York Women’s Agenda; and Women In Development, New York (WID). She also has been a vice chair of National Philanthropy Day in New York. In 2017, she was named Woman of Achievement by WID for her leadership in fundraising and commitment to supporting women in the field.


Robin is proud to be a graduate of the first class of women at Rutgers College. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and went on to earn a Master of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University and publish short fiction in various literary magazines. Robin is the author of Involuntary Exit: A Woman’s Guide to Thriving After Being Fired (She Writes Press, 10/19/21), which received a 5-star review from Foreward Clarion Reviews and a great review from Kirkus Reviews.


She is the founder of The Professional Guide, a witty, honest resource for professional women who are navigating their careers.