“It is an honor and privilege to lead ACT’s efforts to engage authentically with learners, advocates, and stakeholders to support individuals as they chart their paths along the journey to postsecondary readiness and success.”
Senior Vice President, External Affairs
Charles Merritt leads the External Affairs teams responsible for Marketing, Communications, Federal Government Relations and Public Policy, Event Planning Services, and public affairs engagement, including state organizations and higher education stakeholders. Charles leverages 20 years of experience leading and managing marketing, communications, government relations, public policy, operations, sales, and vendor relations in service to ACT and its mission, vision, and strategy for education and workplace success.
Before joining ACT in 2013, Charles led sales, policy, and government relations for national educational services and policy organizations supporting educators and policymakers at the local, state, federal, and global levels of education and workforce development. Charles uses his educational services industry, market, and field expertise to implement integrated and innovative marketing, communications and external engagement strategies that enable ACT to pursue a leaner-centered approach to serving learners, advocates and stakeholders.