Prior to joining A&M, Dr. Merritt spent 16 years working in the public sector and was a member of the Senior Executive Service. She most recently served as the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cyber at the Department of Energy where she coordinated and integrated policies, standards, and guidelines to improve the management and utilization of information and information technology resources.
Additionally, Dr. Merritt was a Director and Acting Senior Director on the National Security Council Staff at the White House where she routinely handled time-sensitive requests and demonstrated deep understanding of risk, value, and policy considerations to support the President and the nation's senior policymakers to meet national security goals.
Dr. Merritt began her career at the Department of Defense as an applied research mathematician and held several positions where she blended technical and analytic expertise. In addition to positions within the Intelligence Community, she completed a joint duty assignment at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She led a public-private partnership focused on addressing cyber threats and risks to the security and stability of U.S. national security systems and critical infrastructure. Her success in government earned annual achievement awards and promotions, to include an out-of-cycle spot promotion. Her work was recognized by multiple community awards, including three National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citations and the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion.
Dr. Merritt earned her doctorate (Ph.D.) and Master of Science degrees in mathematics from the University of Rhode Island, and both a bachelor of science in mathematics and bachelor of business administration in finance from Pace University. She was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Merritt is a member of the Advisory Board for Goodgirls Write Code.