Richard Merski currently serves as Head of International Public Policy in Cigna’s Washington, DC office.
Previously, Rich served as Senior Vice President and Head of Federal Affairs at Zurich Financial Services Group, a leading international insurance and financial services firm based in Switzerland. Prior to joining Zurich, Rich worked with American International Group as Vice President and Counsel in their Washington office and earlier served as Legislative Director and Counsel to Congressman Richard T. Schulze (R-PA), advising the Congressman on a range of issues, including trade, health and tax legislation, as well as matters within the Ways and Means Committee’s jurisdiction. He also practiced law as an associate with the law firm of Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott.
Rich was awarded a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and holds a Masters in International Relations from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Graduating Magna Cum Laude with two Bachelors degrees, his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University concentrated in Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Virginia, and U.S. Court of International Trade. Rich also serves on USTR’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) and counsels U.S. trade officials on the formulation of international trade policy.
Rich is a past-Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Washington World Affairs Council and a current Board member. He also served on the Boards of the Atlantic Council, Organization for International Investment, and the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a Senior Advisor to the United States-Asia Foundation, having helped lead over a dozen congressional delegations to Asia. Rich is also active in various community activities in Fairfax County, Virginia where he resides with his wife, Donna, and their daughter Alyssa.