Dr. Merritt must be an independent thinker and a risk-taker in order to execute her work. She has worked on some of the most complex real estate transactions in the community and commercial development sector.
Dr. Merritt has exceptionally high standards for herself. She has had to overcome significant personal challenges as a young person losing her mother at the age of 13 and having a father who had substance abuse challenges. These obstacles created a drive in her that created her distinct level of ambition and high ideals. Dr. Merritt made her way to a top undergraduate school and graduate school whilst working on wall street in between in a role of significant responsibility.
When presented with the opportunity to go back to Wall Street–she instead chose another very difficult path for a woman of color: commercial real estate. Dr. Merritt’s career in real estate has spanned 20 years. She has demonstrated success by working with some of the most prominent real estate developers in the country who choose to work with a Black female developer–not because she is a black female but because she is a technical expert in her field.
Dr. Merritt’s expertise is constantly challenged as she operates in an industry that is mostly male and mostly white. These challenges to her integrity and her expertise do not intimidate her - she continues to demonstrate through her passion and technical expertise that black women can lead in real estate and in business. Dr. Merritt has won numerous awards in real estate and business which also illuminates her determination to be successful and the recognition of this success by industry leaders.
Dr. Merritt has been in the media, and she is known in the industry.
Northern Real Estate Urban Ventures, Washington, D.C. – Principal 2000 to present
Neighborhood Development Company, Washington, DC – Vice President 2004 to 2005
Struever Brothers, Inc, Baltimore, Maryland – Senior Development Director 2003 to 2004
Capital Vision Equities (CVE), California - Finance Director 1998 to 2000
Clark Realty Capital, Maryland - Development Executive 1995 to 1998
Morgan Stanley, New York 1991-1993
Consolidated Edison, New York 1988-1991