Merry Richter

Director of Marketing Communications

Merry is an accomplished marketer with consumer, enterprise, nonprofit and public sector experience — and a serious passion for content. As Director of Marketing Communications at Singularity University, Merry is responsible for creating compelling content that tells exciting stories, raises awareness of SU, accelerates conversions, and deepens brand loyalty.

Born and raised in New York, Merry began her career in Washington, DC, as an aide to US Senator Claiborne Pell, working in the Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts & Humanities. While there, she wrote speeches and tracked education legislation. She next joined the newly established Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and served as Program Officer for the Foundation’s first eight years. While at the Foundation, Merry co-created the Foundation’s grantmaking programs and processes, and partnered with grantees to help ensure successful results. She also served as an internal consultant to the 15+ Mitsubishi Electric America companies in the US and helped them develop and strengthen their own local philanthropic and employee volunteer programs reflecting the needs of their communities and the interests of their employees.

Since relocating to California, Merry has held marketing positions at leading Bay Area companies, including Financial Engines, eBay, PeopleSoft, and Lending Club, and numerous Silicon Valley startups. She’s worn many hats (content, community, product, customer success, and UX, to name a few), but writing has always been the common denominator. She’s happiest when she’s telling inspiring customer stories, creating impactful site content, or building engaging digital experiences.

Merry earned an A.B. from Brown University, double-majoring in History and Economics, and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley. Merry served as a Judge for The Hitachi Foundation’s prestigious Yoshiyama Award programs honoring achievement in community service and social entrepreneurship for nearly twenty years. She loves traveling and enjoys blogging about work and pop culture.