Katie Merrill is a Democratic strategist and president of The Merrill Strategy Group, a California-based political consulting firm. Over the course of her nearly 20-year career, Merrill has advised Democratic campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, state legislative candidates and statewide initiative campaigns, Democratic organizations and environmental, labor, and other public advocacy groups.
Merrill has worked on numerous statewide campaigns in California. In 2012, she served as general consultant for the Yes on 35 anti-human trafficking initiative and was part of the consulting team for Yes on 39 Close the Corporate Loophole. She also oversaw the successful statewide field campaign against Proposition 23 on the November 2010 ballot. Merrill has served as a strategist for campaigns for various statewide offices, including Governor, U.S. Senate, Attorney General, and Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 2000, Merrill served as the State Director for Bill Bradley for President. Merrill managed former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher's first campaign in 1996, winning an upset over a Republican incumbent, and was Rep. Tauscher’s first Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill.
Merrill began her career as a grassroots organizer for Senator Boxer's groundbreaking U.S. Senate campaign in 1992. She is a graduate of Amherst College and lives near Berkeley, California.