Kevin Merritt is President of the Data & Insights Division for Tyler Technologies. In 2007, Kevin founded Socrata, which ultimately became the open data market leader, and led the company as its CEO until its acquisition by Tyler in April 2018. Kevin served as an industry advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce Data Advisory Council and as a board director to the Data Coalition, an industry association that advocates for open data standards and the publication of government information. Kevin founded Socrata because he recognized that the massive troves of public sector data could be put to good use to improve people’s everyday lives, while simultaneously improving the design and delivery of effective government programs. Now as the leader of the newest division of Tyler, the Data & Insights team creates mission critical operational intelligence solutions for public sector institutions, as well as citizen-facing information products empowering these institutions to share data with the communities they serve.