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Jeff MerrittSenior Advisor to New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio

Jeff is a expert in political and civic engagement who currently serves as Senior Advisor to New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Jeff is the founder of Grassroots Initiative, a non-profit election consulting firm, and in 2009 helped organized the first entirely online public election in U.S. history for the NYC Department of Education.

Jeff's prior experience includes work with the U.S. Department of State and USAID-funded democratization programs in Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and East Timor.