Michele D. Merritt, Esq.
Michele Merritt has overall leadership and management responsibility for New Futures. With the Board of Directors, she establishes the strategic priorities for the organization. She leads the organization in advancing its mission by creating new possibilities for project initiatives and grants, fostering innovation, leveraging resources, establishing partnerships, and coordinating staff activities. In addition, she seeks to identify opportunities for collaboration between and among New Futures and public and nonprofit entities on policy and legislative issues of mutual concern such as public funding for treatment services and improving access to community-based supports for New Hampshire’s children and families.
Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, Michele served as New Futures Senior Vice President and led the organization’s expansion into the areas of health and early childhood policy. In addition to overseeing and managing numerous grant initiatives related to New Futures’ mission and goals, Michele provided leadership, direction and expertise on access to treatment policy priorities.
Before joining New Futures, Michele received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Public Administration from Clark University, and her Juris Doctor from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law.
Michele was the 2013 recipient of Penn State Law’s Miller Public Interest Advocate and the Miller Pro Bono Advocate Awards, and received a Public Service Graduate Fellowship, which supported her post-graduate work at the Disabilities Rights Center in Concord. Michele comes to New Futures after serving as a hearing officer at the NH Department of Labor.