Additionally, she conducts DEI training for new associates and people leaders, and frequently collaborates with the Human Resources team on topics such as providing inclusive benefits and developing a D&I recruiting strategy. Jackie was recently named a “Next Up Columbus” honoree by the Columbus Young Professional Club and was selected to Grange Insurance’s 2023 Emerging Leaders Class.
Born and raised in Southern California, Merkle earned her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her MA from the University of Southern California (USC). In 2013, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to pursue her PhD at the Ohio State University. She completed her degree in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education in 2018. Jackie currently serves as a Board Member for the Central Ohio Diversity Consortium, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to knowledge transfer of DEI best practices across organizations.