Clark Merkley

Clark Merkley is the Executive Director of BootUp PD, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on preparing and empowering teachers and implementing elementary computer science programs nationwide.

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 – that is used by over 1500 school districts across the United States. BootUp started as a “give back” initiative of Emerald. Clark served as a school board member for the School District of Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin, has served on several nonprofit boards and has also served in human resources for a large school district. Clark has been a CEO, a practicing attorney and has worked with several other nonprofits.

In the middle of his professional career, Clark was a junior high Algebra, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Law & Government teacher. He loved being in the classroom and helping to shape the minds of future lifelong 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 thirteen.

Our Team

Our team is committed to expanding equitable access to computer science and coding. We are former public educators, creatives, lifelong learners that are deeply engaged and passionate about what we do.

Brenda Bass

Professional Development Facilitator

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Heather Cunningham

Professional Development Facilitator

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Abby Funabiki

Associate Executive Director

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Laurie Green

Professional Development Facilitator

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Michael Hanahan

Development Consultant

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Stacie Mason

Research and Evaluation

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Karen Melara

Marketing Manager

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Clark Merkley

Executive Director

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Jared O'Leary

Director of Education & Research

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McKay Perkins

Professional Development Facilitator

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Kelly Powers

Professional Development Facilitator

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