As public policy director for Central City Concern, Mercedes collaborates with government agencies and community organizations to advance policy initiatives in support of CCC’s mission. She is responsible for policy analysis, advocacy, public education, and coalition‐building efforts to find support and solutions for CCC clients and programs. Prior to that she served as policy and engagement strategist for Seattle Council member Debora Juarez. She has worked for the Low Income Housing Institute as the volunteer and advocacy programs coordinator. She has held positions working with youth and people with developmental disabilities, and served on several nonprofit and governmental boards and committees that support and champion equity and social justice. Mercedes holds a master’s in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology (minor in women and gender studies).