Michele D. Merritt, Esq.
Michele Merritt provides direction, leadership and management of New Futures’ policy initiatives related to prevention, treatment and recovery. In her role as Policy Director, Michele analyzes policies, frames positions, convenes stakeholders, and provides education and support for stakeholders in policy implementation. Michele also oversees grant initiatives related to New Futures’ mission, goals and objectives, such as the implementation of Youth SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in New Hampshire Pediatric and Medical Practices.
Michele furthers the portion of New Futures’ mission related to collaborating and educating to prevent and reduce problems associated with alcohol and other drugs in New Hampshire, and promotes New Futures’ vision of state and local communities whose public policies support prevention, treatment, and recovery oriented efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug problems.
Before joining New Futures, Michele received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Public Administration from Clark University, and her Juris Doctor from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law.
While in law school, Michele had a variety of clinical experiences, including her year-long stint at the Children’s Advocacy Clinic where she served as Guardian Ad Litem for children in dependency and high-conflict custody cases. Michele was the recipient of Penn State Law’s Miller Public Interest Advocate and the Miller Pro Bono Advocate Awards, and received a Public Service Graduate Fellowship, which supported her work at the Disabilities Rights Center in Concord. As a legal fellow, Michele provided representation to individuals with disabilities on issues ranging from special education to fair housing. Michele comes to New Futures after serving as a hearing officer at the NH Department of Labor.