As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for eCivis, Merril Oliver leads the company’s key business strategies, product development, and growth initiatives.
Having served four governors, both Democratic and Republican, Merril served as the Director of the Maryland Governor's Grants Office, a nationally recognized “best practice” by the National Governors Association, where she revolutionized an enterprise approach to full lifecycle grants management during 2015-2017. In 2014, Merril served as the Deputy Director of the Puerto Rico Governor’s Office of Management and Budget in charge of the Federal Funds Management Office, where she spearheaded accountability measures, tools, and resources to position Puerto Rico as one of the leaders in federal funds management. Merril was previously the founding Deputy Director of the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office, created in 2004, serving in that capacity for ten years. During that time, Merril fast-tracked curriculum development and delivery for grants management training, and spearheaded implementation of grants management efficiencies and best practices across state agencies. The results for Maryland were a decrease in Single Audit findings of more than 70% over a three-year period and an increase of $3 billion during the ARRA era beginning in 2009.
Merril is a past president of the National Grants Management Association (NGMA), having served three consecutive terms (2009-2012). During her presidency, Merril launched the industry-recognized standard professional certification of Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS®) and participated on the credentialing exam development team as a Subject Matter Expert (SME). Merril was awarded the CGMS credential for her work as an SME, developing the CGMS exam questions in 2012. Merril also built a strong alliance between the NGMA and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), where synergy exists to promote collaboration on fiscal and program problem solving.
In addition, Merril was a member of the Steering Committee of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the AGA Intergovernmental Partnership for Management and Accountability (2008-2017), serving as co-chair of multiple workgroups that produced nationally utilized tools such as the: Risk Assessment Monitoring; Financial and Administrative Monitoring; and Candidate Assessment for Grants Managers Toolkits. Merril sat on the Board of Editorial Advisors for Thompson Publishing’s Federal Grants Management Handbook from 2004 to 2012 and is published in the Journal of Government Financial Management. In 2009, she was appointed by the Obama Administration to the Presidential Executive Order Workgroup on Improper Payments. Merril served as Grants Manager and Management & Budget Analyst for three years in county government and spent 15 years in private sector business development.
Merril is the recipient of 3 Governor’s Citations for Excellence in Government, 1 Governors Letter of Commendation, 3 national awards from the National Grants Management Association, and 3 national awards from the Association of Government Accountants. She is a graduate of Towson University.