Catherine Merrill

CEO & President, Washingtonian Media


Catherine Merrill is CEO and President of Washingtonian Media, a media company that includes the flagship 54-year-old magazine, Washingtonian, the national capital region’s leading monthly with more than 400,000 readers and winner of five National Magazine Awards;—the region’s premier lifestyle website with millions of pageviews per month and over 500,000 social media followers; Washingtonian WeddingsWashingtonian Welcome Guide; as well as Washingtonian Custom Media and Washingtonian Events.

From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Merrill served as Director of Operations for Affiliated Computer Services (now Conduent), where she helped manage and collect 60 percent of the nation’s tolls—$2.7 billion a year—including the majority of the E-ZPass network. Prior to joining ACS, from 1995 to 2002, she was a partner in the worldwide management consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

Ms. Merrill is very active in the community and serves on the board of trustees of multiple organizations including the University of Maryland College Park (where she also chairs the Board of Visitors for the School of Journalism), Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences, the City and Regional Magazine Association, Ford’s Theater, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and The Merrill Family Foundation. She is a member and former chapter chair of YPO (Young President’s Organization) as well as an active member in the Economics Club of Washington and the Federal City Council. She has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, CNN Headline News, FOX, MSNBC, as well as other local Washington stations.

She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

Ms. Merrill resides in Washington, DC, with her two sons. She enjoys sailing, skiing, and travel.