Mercedes currently serves as the Director, Investor Relations at the END Fund. She is responsible for building and strengthening existing investor relations and broader symbiotic partnerships to achieve both financial goals and programmatic impact to end neglected tropical diseases.
Previously, Mercedes was the Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships at the Center for Global Development (CGD). In this role, Mercedes oversaw a $45 million portfolio of partnerships with corporations, foundations, governments, and organizations comprising of 50+ relationships and contributing to 98% of 2017’s $14.5 million operating budget.
Prior to CGD, Mercedes gained policy experience consulting for the World Bank, a background in strategic and public-private partnerships interning with UNDP’s Private Sector Team, and skills in business development and communications as a fellow for Babajob Services Private Limited in India. At Babajob, she leveraged information technology solutions to improve service delivery and provide economic opportunities for India’s low-income population, which includes leading the informal sector health insurance initiative. Previous experiences range from teaching English, health, and nutrition in India, facilitating solar power mobile projects in rural Fijian villages, to streamlining on boarding efforts by the federal government.
Mercedes holds a Master’s in Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, specializing in development and the South Pacific, from Smith College. A native of Mendocino, California, Mercedes has lived globally yet currently resides in Washington, DC.