Emily Merritt is the director of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Intergenerational initiative. In this role, she works to connect the Alliance membership network with second act talent and change the way communities think about and engage older adults.
Prior to this position, Merritt was the national program manager of Ways to Work, the poverty reduction program operated by the Alliance’s community development financial institution. She provided support to the nationwide network of program operators.
Before joining the Alliance Merritt led the Enhanced School-Based Mentoring Model at Big Brothers Big Sisters, directly benefitting Milwaukee youth through school-based mentoring partnerships.
She also worked at ElderHelp in San Diego, building an entrepreneurial model that leveraged community supports to help older adults remain independent in their homes.
Merritt is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.