Technical Director, Gender and Youth
Morgan Mercer is a director at ACDI/VOCA focused on gender and youth with more than 12 years of experience in research methods, gender integration, women’s empowerment, and positive youth development. At ACDI/VOCA, she provides technical guidance to agriculture and market systems projects, leads stakeholder learning sessions, guides the development of technical strategies and tools, builds the capacity of partners and individuals in gender and youth integration, and leads analysis and research. Morgan co-authored two Leveraging Economic Opportunities analyses — one on youth engagement, leading research in Liberia and Nepal, and one on women’s empowerment. She also leads research on the USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security's Advancing Women's Empowerment program, including on gender integration in research investments (Innovation Labs) and on women's and youth's inclusion in market systems development programs. Prior to joining ACDI/VOCA in 2014, Morgan conducted mid-term evaluations for CARE in Mali and Tanzania, packaged and disseminated HIV prevention interventions for AED, FHI 360, and Danya International, and conducted health research in Madagascar for Emory University and Partners in Health. She holds a BA in political science from the University of South Carolina and an MA in development practice from Emory University. Morgan received the Presidential Award from ACDI/VOCA in 2019 for support of the USAID Transforming Market Systems Activity in Honduras.