Merry S. Lin is a Principal at The Asia Group. She brings more than a decade of public and private sector experience working on international economic and financial issues in both the United States and Asia. Merry advised and briefed senior officials at the highest level of government across three administrations, including most recently as Senior Advisor on the National Economic Council (NEC) at the White House.
Merry joined the NEC in 2017 and also served on the National Security Council (NSC) as Director for Global and Asia Economics from 2017-18. During her tenure at the White House, Merry helped develop and coordinate the U.S. Government’s economic approach to China – ranging from bilateral trade and investment priorities to China’s role in the global economy – and played an instrumental role in the U.S.-China Phase One trade agreement. She served as the lead coordinator of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue, which resulted in an initial U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and an U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement, and Merry was deeply involved in negotiations with Korea to significantly improve the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
In addition to her work on Northeast Asia, Merry advised senior White House officials on technology, manufacturing supply chain, and currency policies. She participated on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews of foreign transactions for national security risks and in deliberations on export controls.
Merry previously held various senior roles across the U.S. government. At the Department of the Treasury, she advised leadership on China currency issues and participated in U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty negotiations. Previously, Merry served at the Central Intelligence Agency, including in Asia, and as a global energy market analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her private sector experience includes Citadel and Citigroup.
Merry is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She studied at Northwestern University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Merry is a member of the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, and she holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a certified Financial Risk Manager. A former varsity fencer at Northwestern, she enjoys fencing, improv acting, and street photography.