Pat B. Merritt is Vice President, Community and Economic Development with Georgia Electric Membership Corp., (Georgia EMC) a statewide trade association representing 41 electric cooperatives in Georgia, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp., Georgia System Operations Corp. and Green Power EMC.
Merritt joined Georgia EMC in 2002. In her current role, she is responsible for leading the statewide community and economic development program on behalf of our member cooperatives.
Prior to joining Georgia EMC, Pat served as Manager, Community Development for Oglethorpe Power Corporation starting in 1986. In this role, she worked in each of the state’s twelve service delivery regions providing leadership development, strategic planning and professional facilitation services.
She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development which she helped found in 1993, as a Working Partner for the Georgia Allies and on the Executive Committees for the Indo American Chamber of Commerce and the Indo American Film Academy.
During her career, Merritt has served on the Board of Directors and in the Chairman’s role for the National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) and on the Board of Directors and in the Chairman’s role for the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA).
In her current role, she is providing strategic planning and succession planning services exclusively to corporate boards of organizations affiliated with Georgia’s electric cooperatives.
Merritt is a graduate of Auburn University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business/Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.
Pat lives in Tucker, GA with her husband, Buz. She enjoys cruising, classes for personal growth and development and photography.

Affiliations (just a few to start)
Development Authority of Fulton County
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Georgia Economic Developers Association
Georgia EMC
Georgia Power Company
Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce