Kahjal Merchant is a development associate at The Center for Investigative Reporting. She is passionate about media advocacy and advancing equity through impactful journalism. Serving as part of the development team, she contributes to the organization’s donor communications and stewardship. Prior to joining CIR, she worked for Peer Health Exchange in Oakland, California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in media studies from UC Berkeley. Merchant is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.