Clark Merkley is the Executive Director of BootUp PD, a nonprofit corporation focused on preparing and empowering teachers and implementing elementary coding programs nationwide. BootUp PD’s mission is to reach ALL students, creating equitable access to 21st-century skills.
Immediately prior to joining BootUp PD, Clark was Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of Emerald Data Solutions, which provides the industry-leading eGovernance solution – BoardDocs – used by over 1500 school districts across the United States. Clark served as a school board member for the School District of Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin, has served on several nonprofit boards and also participated on the Education Committee for the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Clark has served in executive and human resources roles with Nebo School District, a large school district in central Utah serving over 31,000 students, Utah County Government, Employer Solutions Group, and Leavitt Group Insurance Advisors. He has also practiced law and represented several nonprofits, health care organizations, and businesses in their corporate and regulatory matters.
In the middle of his professional career, Clark was a junior high teacher at Springville Junior High School where he taught Algebra, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Law & Government. He loved being in the classroom and helping to shape the minds of future life-long learners. He considers teaching to be the greatest of all professions.
Clark received his J.D. and MBA from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Sheryl, are the parents of five and the grandparents of nine. They reside in Orem, Utah.