My Background

About Dr. Mercer

Mercer inmyarea (1)I founded Mercer Educational Consulting after more than two decades of working with students in a variety of settings across the globe. After thinking about my own college experience and reflecting on my lifelong work as a professional educator, I realized that my true calling is working one-on-one with students and their families on their college application process. My mission is to help each student make the best of their high school experience, apply to colleges that fit them as individuals, and transition successfully to college.

In addition to seeing students in private practice, I am Adjunct Faculty in the online College Counseling Certificate program at UCSD Extension where I train professional college counselors from around the world. I have also served as Adjunct Faculty in the Doctoral program in Educational Leadership at the California Lutheran University. I frequently work as a consultant to Offices of Admission at a select number of colleges across the country.

Prior to founding Mercer Educational Consulting, I was a professional admission officer at the selective University of Southern California. I read thousands of applications and essays; interviewed students across the country; and helped make scholarship decisions for the most prestigious and generous scholarships offered by the University.

My work in college admission counseling also includes experience as the Director of College Counseling at Shalhevet High School, a private school in Los Angeles that regularly sends graduates to highly selective universities around the world.

I have also held leadership positions at major universities, such as managing the $10 million Teachers for a New Era initiative at the California State University, Northridge. As the Executive Director of the USC Hillel Foundation, I led an organization that represented over 3500 college students. While serving as the founding Director of the College Campus Initiative, I helped thousands of college students throughout the Southern California region become involved in national and statewide politics. I have experience in gap-year and experiential education, first at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning in Denver, and later as the Project Leader for Youth Challenge International in Costa Rica.

Education

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. in Human Development, Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA
B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz

Professional Memberships

National Association of College Admission Counseling

Independent Educational Consultants Association – Professional Member

  • Board of Directors & Chair of Board Development 2015 – Present
  • Faculty, Summer Training Institute 2014 & 2015
  • Strategic Planning Committee 2014 – 2015

Western Association of College Admission Counseling

  • Executive Board Member 2012-2014
  • Chair, Government Relations Committee
 2012-2014
  • Chair, Task Force on Independent Educational Consultants, 2014