Merritt Baer

Merritt is an expert in emerging technology and cybersecurity. She serves in the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications Resilience. Merritt has experience in all three branches of government, most recently in the Department of Homeland Security where she worked in the Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, often termed the United States’ “cyber firehouse.”

Before joining the government, Merritt started a business advisory / legal practice, working with emerging tech companies at every stage of growth.

Merritt speaks regularly on emerging areas including the future of the Internet, artificial intelligence and robots, current cybersecurity issues (5G, cloud, mobile, IoT and ICS), corporate interactions with government cyber, women in tech, entrepreneurism and innovation. Her insights on business strategy and tech have been published in Forbes, The Baltimore Sun, The Daily Beast, Talking Points Memo and ThinkProgress. She continues to publish law review articles on constitutional Internet questions, which have appeared in the journals of Temple, Georgetown, Santa Clara, and the University of Virginia.

Merritt is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. She is admitted to the Bars of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court. Based in Washington, DC, she is a Fellow at the East-West Institute, founder of women’s tech advocacy group Tech & Roses, Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland, and an amateur boxer.