Merrill Perlman spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, in charge of all 150-plus copy editors at The Times. Now, she coaches writers and editors in self-editing, grammar, language, and clarity; her clients have included the Poynter Institute, Weather Channel, FoxNews, and, through ACES, the U.N. and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. She has edited Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, Erica Jong, The Onion, Stephen King, John Sculley, and Kurt Vonnegut (posthumously, for him). She’s (finally) off the ACES board, but refuses to leave the Education Fund board.