Merri Pearson is a lifelong advocate and policy wonk. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, leadership, and policy studies. Most recently she completed her doctoral studies at the George Washington University. An avid traveler, she has been to every continent, including Antarctica. Active all of her life (running, kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking), her favorite professional role was being the executive director of a non-profit providing accessible activities for people with disabilities from 2008-2012. Little did she know she herself would become disabled with psoriatic arthritis in 2017.