This week SEIU 775 Benefits Group welcomed Merissa Clyde as our new Chief Executive Officer. She will lead the organization’s continued work to improve the skills, health, and stability of Washington state’s caregiving workforce.
Merissa has held prominent roles at SEIU 775 Benefits Group since 2014, most recently as Chief Operating Officer. She has also served as the Managing Director of our Health Benefits Trust, which provides health coverage to the state’s eligible caregivers.
As CEO, Merissa is well-positioned to build on our state’s national leadership in supporting direct care workers.
“Merissa’s vision for the future of SEIU 775 Benefits Group’s work is grounded in her passion for caregivers and the vital work they do,” said Adam Glickman, Chair of the SEIU 775 Benefits Group Board. “She has continuously demonstrated an ability to adeptly navigate complex organizational challenges and opportunities with an empathetic leadership style that fosters trust, collaboration and, ultimately, excellent results for caregivers.”
Merissa assumed the role of CEO on March 6, upon the departure of former CEO Abby Solomon. She is enthusiastic about building upon the organization’s successes.
“I’m honored and excited to continue SEIU 775 Benefits Group’s work as a leader in ensuring caregivers have access to benefits that are commensurate with their enormous contributions to our society.” – Merissa Clyde, CEO.
“Providing high-quality benefits to caregivers is critical to addressing long-standing inequities,” said Merissa. “I’m honored and excited to continue SEIU 775 Benefits Group’s work as a leader in ensuring caregivers have access to benefits that are commensurate with their enormous contributions to our society – and that enhance their dignity as essential healthcare professionals supporting people who are most vulnerable.
Prior to her work at SEIU 775 Benefits Group, Merissa served in leadership roles with NPH USA, which provides home, health care and educational programs to abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University and is fluent in Spanish.