Ann G. Merchant
Deputy Executive Director Office of Communications, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Ann Merchant has worked in marketing and communications for more than 25 years and is currently the Deputy Executive Director for Communications at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, a private non-profit institution in Washington, D.C. Her work at the Academies primarily revolves around planning a variety of science communications events and managing innovative outreach programs that, together, contribute to increased public understanding of science. With a special interest in promoting science, engineering, and medicine to broad audiences through non-traditional channels she was instrumental in launching the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences that seeks to connect entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to communicate science through film and television. Merchant also served for many years as marketing director for the Academies’ publishing division where she and her staff promoted and marketed more than 175 new titles every year, including those published by the Joseph Henry Press, the trade science imprint of the institution. She also maintained relationships with publishers around the world in order to facilitate foreign language translations of Academies reports. During that time, she served as adjunct professor of marketing at George Washington University in the College of Professional Studies. She continues to work with the Academies’ publishing group, helping to bring visibility to the core work of the institution.