We are excited to announce Mercy Daramola has been selected as PSESD's Director of Postsecondary as of September 2021.
Prior to this role, Mercy was PSCCN's interim Director, following her role as manager with PSCCN since 2018. As a manager, she supported PSCCN's regional work on college and career readiness, transition, and success through technical assistance, project management, and stakeholder coordination. She was a crucial support in securing funding for King County Promise, a 15-year grant supporting secondary opportunities for K12 students, CTC students, and opportunity youth across King County via King County PSTAA funds.
Mercy's experience spans the education pipeline from early learning to postsecondary. Prior to joining PSESD, Mercy worked as Director of Programs at College Access Now, a Seattle-based nonprofit providing college access and success support to students in high school and college from low-income backgrounds across Seattle and South King County. She has also worked at various higher education institutions across the US, from small private liberal arts colleges to private research universities, to large public universities and more, and also served as a board member for Launch, a Seattle-based early learning program.
Mercy has an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University and a BA in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
A proud LA native, Mercy is also a proud Burien resident. Outside of work, you can find her flexing creative muscles practicing stand-up comedy, at a thrift store with friends, or building the perfect playlist!
Favorite quote: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style" Maya Angelou