Merrill Gay
Executive Director, Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance

Merrill Gay is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, a statewide coalition of over 100 early childhood organizations.  Prior to joining the Alliance, Merrill worked to dramatically expand access to preschool as the Director of the New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative.  He has worked as a community organizer, non profit housing developer, grant writer and political campaign manager.  Merrill spent his childhood as a Foreign Service brat in South Africa, Congo, Cameroon and Nigeria.  He has a Masters Degree in Community Economic Development from the University of Southern New Hampshire and currently serves on the New Britain Board of Education.