Kenneth Merin is currently the President of the Charles Hayden Foundation, a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children. Following the election of Governor Kean in 1981, Kenneth Merin served as the Governor’s Deputy Chief Counsel, and was later appointed in 1984 as New Jersey Commissioner of Insurance. He served as Director of Policy and Planning in the State Legislature in 1985 before returning to his post of Commissioner of Insurance the following year, and retained that position until 1990 when he entered private practice and subsequently was a Partner with major law firms. He holds a J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1975. His governmental experience includes work on public policy issues impacting State and Federal governments during his tenure with the United States Congress from 1975 through 1980. He served as Legislative Attorney with the Congressional Research Service and provided counsel to Committees at both the Senate and House of Representatives.
Interview on February 23, 2009 – Transcript available here (pdf)