Teresa Merry

Teresa Merry

Chief Human Resources Officer

Teresa Merry has directed the development, implementation and administration of all aspects of the Aquarium's human resource policies and organizational development activities since coming to the Aquarium in 1986. She also oversees the Volunteer Engagement Department, which recruits, selects and retains more than 1,200 volunteers. She serves on the Senior Management Team and is staff liaison to the Board of Trustees' Executive Compensation Committee.


"I have many fond memories of the ocean but the most dear to my heart are the simple ones, like enjoying a day with my children at the beach when they were young. I could spend hours just listening to the surf and the sounds of their voices and laughter."

Teresa is currently a member of the Diversity Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), serves on the San Francisco Human Resources Arts Council, belongs to the Society for Human Resource Management and is past president of the Central Coast Human Resource Association.

Prior to joining the Aquarium, Teresa was senior employment supervisor and affirmative action coordinator for MONY Financial Services in New York. She holds a lifetime designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has a certificate in Equal Employment Opportunity Studies from Cornell University. Teresa also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Syracuse University.