Elizabeth Mercer is the deputy chief operating officer and chief of staff for 100 Resilient Cities. 100 Resilient Cities is pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation and is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. As deputy chief operating officer and chief of staff, Mercer is responsible for driving key strategic initiatives and building effective organizational policies, processes and systems.
Prior to Mercer’s work at 100 Resilient Cities, she served as the deputy chief operating officer of Acumen, a non-profit that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty. In her role there, Mercer was responsible for evaluating and implementing strategic priorities; leading their planning and performance management processes; and driving organizational excellence across the organization’s offices in New York, Kenya, Ghana, India, Pakistan and Columbia.
Mercer graduated from the Maxwell School in 2007 with a master’s degree in public administration.
Prior to that, Mercer graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.