Amelia Clark Merchant is the Director of the Department of Finance for the City of Roanoke in Virginia. She has been with the City of Roanoke since 2001 and is responsible for the oversight of accounting, accounts payable, budget (operating and capital), payroll, real estate and retirement. Amelia holds a degree in Physics from Norfolk State University and an MBA from Virginia Tech. She has also completed numerous courses through the Virginia Government Finance Officers Association (VGFOA) and in the field of higher education. Her professional affiliations include the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Virginia Government Finance Officers Association (VGFOA). Amelia serves on the GFOA Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy, the VGFOA Education Committee and the VGFOA Conference Committee.