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Clark Merkley

BootUp PD, Inc.
Executive Director
Clark Merkley is the Executive Director of BootUp PD, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, 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 of Emerald Data Solutions, which provides the industry-leading eGovernance solution – BoardDocs – used by many Wyoming school districts and over 1,700 school districts nationwide. Clark served as a school board member for the School District of Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin and in an executive human resources role with Nebo School District, a large school district in central Utah serving over 31,000 students. He has also practiced law and represented several nonprofits 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 in Springville, Utah 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, worthy of our respect and support.

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.