Michelle Mercer

Michelle served as treasurer of the Seeds of Peace UK Advisory Board in London from 2008-2012 and as Vice Chair of the Board of Seeds of Peace. She joined the US Board of Seeds of Peace in 2009. Michelle has two adult children Zoe and Benjy Mercer-Golden, both Seeds. Zoe went onto to become a Seeds of Peace International Camp counselor for two summers.

Michelle is especially passionate about organizations devoted to conflict resolution, immigrant and refugee rights and women’s rights. Michelle has worked in government, the law, and the education and nonprofit sector. In addition to the Seeds of Peace board, Michelle serves on four other nonprofit boards: Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco, the Sonoma County Secure Family Immigration Legal Services Fund, and a residential building association in San Francisco.

Michelle has worked as a Legislative Aide to State Senator and Democratic Majority Leader Barry Keene in Sacramento, as a federal law clerk for US District Court Judge Thelton Henderson in San Francisco and as the Development Director for the Coalition for Immigrant, Refugee, Rights and Services in San Francisco.

Michelle’s prior nonprofit board work includes serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of Park Day School in Oakland, California and as a member of the Board of the East Palo Alto Community Law Project in East Palo Alto, California. Michelle has also done volunteer teaching at the elementary and middle school level in the US and abroad. Michelle graduated with honors from Stanford University in 1981 and from Stanford Law School in 1986.

Michelle has lived abroad in Latin America, Asia and Europe for a total of 15 years. Michelle had a Rotary Scholarship which took her to Lima, Peru from 1982-1983. Michelle and her husband Bruce Golden lived in Hong Kong from 1988-1991 and in London from 2002-2013. Michelle currently resides in San Francisco and Healdsburg, California. Michelle and her husband are co-owners of M-G Vineyards LLC in Sonoma County, California, where they make wine and olive oil.

“I support Seeds of Peace because young people represent hope and change for the future. I have great respect for the organisation’s proven track record in developing the leaders of tomorrow in some of the thorniest conflict regions in the world.”