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Kenya Mercer

Senior Program Manager

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Southside native Kenya Mercer is a product of Chicago Public Schools and proud alumna of the University of Chicago @ Champaign - Urbana graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts Theatre.


Immediately after college Kenya began a professional career in acting, performing in TV/Film, Commercial and Voice-Over as a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Alongside she started teaching acting and movement classes in schools, theatres and community spaces. After instructing and volunteering for many organizations she was led into the nonprofit sector. For the past 15 years Kenya had her hand in nonprofit management, administration, served as Executive Director for Swish Dreams Sports and Educational Foundation and mentored students of all ages.


Currently Kenya Mercer serves as the Senior Programs Manager for Ladies of Virtue, a mentoring and leadership organization for girls across the city of Chicago. She has over 20 years experience working with underserved youth and maintaining relationships over time through team building, creative arts and social engagement.


Kenya believes finding the commonalities in not so common backgrounds is key. Understanding and encouraging a young person’s purpose then develops trust and in return establishes a relationship that lasts. Mrs. Mercer is past recipient of the Chicago Sky Women’s Leadership Award, a Charter member of the Magnificent Mile Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. and volunteers for several other community organizations and schools. Kenya is a proud wife and mother of 2 children. Kenya has been with Ladies of Virtue since 2021, serving as the Program Manager for LOV Clubs as well as oversees the LOV 4 Life Alumni Program. 

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