Dr. Celia Merzbacher is the Associate Director of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), a consortium that aims to enable and strengthen the U.S. commercial quantum industry. QED-C is supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and industry members and is managed by SRI International. Previously, Dr. Merzbacher was Vice President for Innovative Partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a consortium of the semiconductor industry that invested in fundamental university research on behalf of its semiconductor company members. In 2003-2008, she was Assistant Director for Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she oversaw the establishment and coordination of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Dr. Merzbacher has a background in materials science. She has served as Chair of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine and on the Board of Directors of ANSI.