A past director of Brown’s parent leadership program, Merritt has spent 22 years in the nonprofit fundraising world—21 of them in higher education. She has more than 10 years of staff-management experience in comprehensive campaigns, ranging from $35 million to more than $1.5 billion. Merritt’s experience has given her a comprehensive understanding of campaign fundraising, philanthropy, board development, prospect management, and volunteer management. Until recently, she served as the director of campaign volunteer management, and she continues to serve as a consultant to area nonprofit organizations and startups. Merritt joined the Rhode Island College Foundation in May of 2013 and currently serves as their executive director.