Merilyn Alt


Merilyn Alt

1986 Harvard Menzies Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Merilyn Alt graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics.

Merilyn was awarded the Scholarship to complete a Master of Public Administration program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Studied at: Harvard University

Current Biography

Merilyn worked for the Commonwealth and NSW Governments for 14 years, prior to becoming a consultant in 1990. During the 1980s, Merilyn was director of Employment Programs for the NSW Ministry of Employment. In that role she was responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of NSW’s employment programs and for leading staff in five offices across NSW. Previously Merilyn worked in policy and planning roles in public transport, urban and regional development and environment and planning.

Merilyn was a member of the Equal Opportunity Division of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal from 1992 to 2005; a director of the Board of the State Rail Authority from 1997 to 1999; a member of the Premier’s Council for Women from 1995 to 1997 and of the NSW Pay Equity Task Force in 1996/97. Merilyn was Chair of the Council of Wesley College at the University of Sydney from 2005 to 2007.

Scholarship Year: 1986

Fields of Interest

Economics, Public Administration