With a background in international education programs and cross-cultural exchange, Merry joined the Stanford community in 2018 and has continued to work in international engagement. She started as the chief administrator for Stanford Law School's advanced degree programs, the visiting scholars program, and the foreign exchange program. Following that, Merry worked in the Office of International Affairs to advance international research opportunities and academic collaborations for the university. She also developed central university resources and services to enhance international travel and study and research abroad for Stanford members. Merry began her current role in the Office of Community Engagement in September 2020.
Before coming to Stanford, Merry worked at UC Riverside Extension’s International Education Programs in California, providing educational technology resources for English learning to international students. Her interest in international exchange grew through her experience teaching English in rural communities in Japan and South Korea, where she fostered cross-cultural exchange alongside English learning.
Current Role at Stanford
Merry collaborates with campus partners in advancing global engagement, including supporting global and regional visitors such as international university representatives, dignitaries, and local school groups to connect with Stanford colleagues in mutual areas of work. Merry supports global community resources as well as internal and external communications. She also manages operations for strategic projects including the community engagement hubs network and seed funding. She is also a member of the community college community of practice at Stanford.