Merritt advises the government in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity & Communications. She works in cyber critical infrastructure protection, negotiating between and among private sector and government entities to keep systems running. She also runs a tech firm that provides business strategy to early-stage companies. Merritt has worked in technology law and policy in all three branches of government, including the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (highest appellate court of the US Military) and the office of US Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). She speaks regularly on emerging areas including the future of the Internet, corporate interactions with government cyber, women in tech, cybersecurity, Internet law and policy, entrepreneurism and innovation. Her insights on business strategy and tech have been published in Forbes, The Baltimore Sun, Talking Points Memo and ThinkProgress. Her academic work has been published by journals of the University of Virginia, Georgetown, and Santa Clara. Merritt is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Based in Washington, DC, she is a Fellow at the EastWest Institute, an Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland, and an amateur boxer.