As director of intergenerational initiatives, Emily Merritt is leading the initiative to not only bring encore talent (experienced adults 50+) into the Alliance’s 450+ agency network, but to also help change the way our communities think about and utilize older adult talent. Prior to this role, Merritt worked with Ways to Work, providing support to the nationwide network of program operators. She led the Enhanced School-Based Mentoring Model at Big Brothers Big Sisters, directly benefiting Milwaukee youth through school-based mentoring partnerships. She also worked at ElderHelp in San Diego, building an entrepreneurial model that leveraged community supports to help seniors remain independent in their own homes. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.