Mercy Willard, Executive Director
Mercy Willard joined the Trojan Family after having spent 16 years in the nonprofit health sector. She has a long and successful history of building relationships and community partnerships, as well as developing programming for under-served populations—with an emphasis on the Latino and disabled communities.
Most recently, Willard served as director of community health strategies for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In this role, she developed programs and strategic partnerships with community organizations to promote diabetes prevention and treatment while also raising funds for the ADA from individuals, corporations and foundations. Prior to that, she served in a similar capacity with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she also served as the west region liaison on diversity and inclusion, and assisted with volunteer recruitment and board development.
Willard is committed to making a difference in the community and to using her experience as a first-generation college graduate to help others do the same. She earned a BA in sociology from UCLA and a master in nonprofit management from Regis University. She also participated in the CORO Health Leadership Fellowship Program.