Merrill is Senior Vice President of Development & Innovation at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC.) Merrill leads NACHC’s efforts to develop and leverage opportunities for health centers to prepare for and address challenges to their core mission of advancing access to health care and health equity in the United States. She works across NACHC and with external partners to equip health centers with innovative strategies, tools and resources to achieve improved health outcomes and health equity.
Merrill was Senior Vice President of Philip W. Johnston Associates and for 22 years consulted with NACHC, Primary Care Associations, health centers, and other health organizations on federal affairs, development and other areas. Merrill ran the global health nonprofit, Health eVillages, which collaborates to advance health access by providing grants and mobile technology to organizations serving vulnerable communities around the world. Merrill began her career at the nonprofit Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights managing its awards programs and fundraising events. Merrill earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.