Washington Circle Luncheons - Virtual: Planning For The Cloud


About The Program

Brian Merrick, Department of Statement Director of the Cloud Program Management Office, will present cloud implementation planning approach and options, considerations, and lessons learned. The discussion on cloud planning methodology includes assessing business drivers, data requirements, on-prem versus off-prem, architecture considerations, security, and other decision-making factors.

About the Speaker

Brian Merrick Headshot

Brian Merrick

Department of State
Director of the Cloud Program Management Office

Brian Merrick started his career as a commissioned officer in the US Army in 1996. In 2005, he left the Army and worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a financial management consultant and an IT project manager working with private industry and the Federal government.

In 2008, Brian joined the Department of State working for the Bureau of Information Resource Management as the Deputy Manager for the IT Cost Center Working Capital Fund supporting the Department’s desktop computing operations. Brian then became the Deputy Executive Director for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2010 providing management support, including HR, financial, procurement, IT and general services. In 2012, he became the Director of the Office of Digital in the Bureau of International Information Programs, which provides cloud-based web solutions, and interactive digital programing to 275 embassies. In 2014, Brian became the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Foreign Operations in the Bureau of Information Resource Management supporting global IT infrastructure operations. He then served as the Director of the Office of Innovative Infrastructure providing wireless and cloud based products and services across the Department. Brian is currently the Director of the Cloud Program Management Office, working to modernize IT across the enterprise.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Wright State University and a Master of Science in Leadership from Olin Business School, Washington University. In addition, he holds certifications as a Project Management Professional, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Security Manager, Federal IT Security Institute Manager, Certified Defense Financial Manager and Certified Government Financial Manager.

About Washington Circle Luncheons

PMIWDC's Washington Circle luncheons are a series of free brownbag luncheons hosted at 2201 G St, NW in Downtown DC. There are luncheons every fourth Wednesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.

This program series is made possible by the generous support of George Washington University School of Business, which offers a Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree. The MSPM program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results. With courses offered both on-campus and online, students have the flexibility to complete the degree from virtually anywhere.

Washington Circle luncheons are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.

Event Details

Date & Time

26 October 2020

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM (EST-05:00)


Virtual Meeting


1 Strategic and Business Management