Joy Merriner

Joy Merriner

Assurance Office Managing Partner


BDO Anchorage Office



Executive Summary

Joy Merriner has more than 17 years of public accounting experience, working on audits, consulting projects, and reviews for clients in various industries. She is the office lead partner for a diverse group private companies, governments, benefit plans and nonprofit organizations in Alaska with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to over $1 billion. 
Joy frequently provides training and assistance for Boards of Directors on governance, strategic planning, internal control, fiduciary duty, and single audit requirements. She serves on the National BDO Government team as both a reviewer and course instructor. In this role, she assists with the development of firm policies and templates related to audits of governments, develops course content for national and client trainings, and reviews audit policy associated with new standards and issues. Joy also serves as a technical specialist on audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and State and Federal Single Audits. In addition, she is a Focus Consulting Reviewer and specialist related to utilities and regulated operations.

Upon graduating from Wellesley with a degree in Economics, Joy worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Before joining BDO, she was in the consulting sector, working mostly with various nonprofit organizations, state offices and granting agencies. This background gives her a unique perspective on business, the government-sector environment, and the risks and opportunities that face her clients.

Joy is the Chair-Elect of the Board of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Executive Committee. She is a frequent speaker at industry trainings and conferences, including with the Alaska Government Finance Officers Association. She also serves as a national trainer for BDO in the government industry and at national training conferences. Joy graduated in 2017 from the BDO Leadership Institute, where she received the MVP Leadership Award.

Professional Affiliations

Alaska Government Finance Officers Association
Alaska Society of CPAs (AKCPA)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, Executive Committee Member
Chartered Global Management Accountant
Honorary Commander of the Air Force at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK


B.A., Economics and Education, Wellesley College, Massachusetts