Speaker Profile

Christian Merida
Vice President, Federal Government Affairs / American Express Company

Chris Merida is American Express’ vice president for federal government affairs. In this capacity, Chris represents American Express in front of Congress and the Administration on privacy, data security, intellectual property and cyber security issues. He also assists other members of the government affairs team on matters related to financial services.

Prior to joining American Express, Chris was director of congressional and public affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation. He was the Chamber’s lead lobbyist on e-commerce, privacy, intellectual property and telecom issues.

Chris also held positions at several other trade associations, including AeA, the American Society of Association Executives, and the U.S. Energy Association.

Chris received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, and resides in Arlington, VA.