Dan Merkle

Dan Merkle

Board Member

2020 - Present


Dan is a lifelong learner motivated by helping to find solutions to the complex challenges facing public safety today. He is the founding CEO and Chairman of Lexipol, a leading policy and training systems provider to public safety agencies. The Company was built on the premise that widespread professional collaboration and a continuous improvement discipline would elevate all participants’ knowledge and safety. Under Dan’s leadership, the Company developed one of the first Software as a Service (SaaS) technology platforms to reach thousands of public safety agencies effectively. The Company was sold in 2014 to a private equity company allowing Dan to retire. Or so he thought.

In 2016, Dan was asked to lead a group to deploy the Veritone Artificial Intelligence platform on a secure gov-cloud environment serving governmental agencies. He served as President of Veritone Public Safety until the Company successfully concluded an IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

In 2020, Dan joined FaceFirst Inc as Chairman and CEO. The company deploys facial matching technologies globally and is dedicated to ethical and legal use of emerging artificial intelligence technology.

Dan has been a regular presenter on emerging topics and technology to IACP, DOJ COPS, FBINAA, State Chiefs & Sheriffs Associations, and JPA risk sharing consortiums. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors including a role as Vice Chairman at REI.

Dan is an Eagle Scout, received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Chapman University, was granted a certificate from Harvard Graduate School of Business in Corporate Governance, and earned a 100-ton USCG Master License with sail endorsement. Dan and his wife live on the Puget Sound with two very happy Labradors.