A highly regarded analyst and innovator, Merisotis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the leadership council of The Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project on national service. Merisotis also helped create the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), serving as an adviser to senior management on issues related to the quality and effectiveness of national service initiatives.
Merisotis commits his time and energies as trustee for a diverse array of organizations around the world, including his alma mater, Bates College in Maine. He serves as vice chairman and investment committee chair for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world’s largest museum for children, and is a member of the board of directors for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the leading voice for regional economic development in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. He also serves on the board of Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece, a bicultural institution that includes a college, a high school and an elementary school. He also is special adviser to the executive committee of the London-based European Access Network. His previous board service includes terms as president of the Economic Club of Indiana; as chairman of the board for Scholarship America, the nation’s largest private-sector scholarship and educational-support organization; and as board vice chair for the Washington Internship Institute.
He is frequently sought after as a media commentator and contributor. His writing has appeared inThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Journal, Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, Politico and other publications.Merisotis lives with his wife, Colleen O’Brien, and their children, Benjamin and Elizabeth, in Indianapolis.