Board of Directors
Alisa Valudes Whyte
Senior Partner & CEO
Alisa joined Merritt Group in 1997 and helped to build and shape the agency since its founding. She has led award-winning campaigns for clients in technology, healthcare and government that leverage the right mix of modern marketing, communications and PR strategies to move their businesses forward. In addition to launching dozens of technology and healthcare start-ups over the years, she also helped to reshape a number of established brands.
In 2019, Alisa was honored with a Silver Award for Female Executive of the Year in the annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. In 2015 and 2016, she was named a finalist for DC Inno's "50 on Fire" and, in 2016, a finalist in Women In Technology's (WIT) Annual Leadership Awards. Alisa is a champion of Merritt Group's culture, recognized as a "Great Place to Work" by both Washingtonian and Washington Business Journal. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Neighborhood Health and the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia.
Prior to joining Merritt Group, Alisa worked at Ruder Finn in Washington, D.C. and the international architectural firm of Leo A Daly as part of the marketing team. She graduated with a BA from Dickinson College and also studied Economic Policy at American University.
While not at work, Alisa spends time with her family and husband John, loves exploring life through the eyes of her two little boys, does pilates and tries to make a difference in her community.