Mercy’s commitment to social justice originated from watching her mother struggle to transcend the abject poverty she endured as a third-generation migrant farm worker. Her mother’s journey from field worker to college graduate inspired her to use program evaluation and data to strengthen public programs and interventions serving people and children in need.
Mercy brings to Partners more than a decade of experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, leading organizations through change management, strategic planning, and annual performance improvement efforts. Her previous work included partnering with schools and districts throughout California to use data to assess program delivery and supporting the evaluation of Medicaid expansion in Illinois under the Affordable Care Act. Most recently, she served on a team charged with leading the development of an enterprise strategy that will guide the future of Stanford Medicine. Mercy holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago.
Outside of work, she lives for concerts, dance parties in Oakland, softball in the park with her team, the Cougars, and as of late, easing into a slower pace on a goat farm in Petaluma with her partner and newborn.
“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson