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Brian Merrick joined the Department of State in 2008 working for the Bureau of Information Resource Management as the Deputy Manager for the IT Cost Center Working Capital Fund. During his career he has held leadership positions as Deputy Executive Director for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and as Director of the Office of Digital in the Bureau of International Information Programs. Additionally, he was Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Foreign Operations in the Bureau of Information Resource Management supporting global IT infrastructure operations and subsequently moved on to become the Director of the Office of Innovative Infrastructure providing wireless and cloud-based products and services across the Department. Brian is currently the Director of the Cloud Program Management Office, working to modernize IT across the enterprise.

Prior to joining the State Department, Brian was commissioned officer in the US Army in 1996 and in 2005, he left the Army to work with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a financial management consultant and an IT project manager.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Wright State University and a Master of Science in Leadership from Olin Business School, Washington University. In addition, he holds certifications as a Project Management Professional, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Security Manager, Federal IT Security Institute Manager, Certified Defense Financial Manager and Certified Government Financial Manager.

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