Chief Executive Officer
Merrick Carey is CEO and founder of the Lexington Institute, a public policy think tank established in 1998 and based in Arlington, Virginia. The Institute runs research, press efforts and policy forums to advance democratic capitalism and a strong national defense.
Carey is also a partner in the consulting firm Source Associates, and serves on the boards of the Advanced Technology Systems Company and President Lincoln’s Cottage.
During the 1980s, Carey was Press Secretary to Representative Jack Kemp, Chief of Staff to Representative James Courter, and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean. From 1990-1993, Carey was Executive Vice President of the international economic advisory firm Johnson Smick International. He also served from 1989 through 1996 as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Naval Reserve and was a mobilized reservist for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (to Navy Headquarters, Europe), as well as an Air Intelligence Officer in 1996 preparing missions and flying with VP-11 in support of Operation Decisive Edge over Bosnia.
Carey has been published in Barron’s, Proceedings, the Richmond Times Dispatch, The San Diego Union Tribune, and numerous other publications. He has lectured at the Naval War College, Marine Corps University, George Washington University, the Heritage Foundation, and many business and government forums.
Carey has a B. A. in History and Political Science from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is married to the former Melissa Coggeshall, and they have a 24 year old son, Randy, a 22 year old daughter, Ellen, and an 13 year old son, Merrick. They live in Arlington, Virginia.