Elijah Mercer

Elijah Mercer is a research associate on the Reshaping Prosecution and Motion for Justice teams. He has a passion for social and juvenile justice and using data analytics and research to drive results. Elijah got his start in research as a research assistant intern for the Investigative Reporting Workshop and working on issues related to the Digital Divide. He then spent two years teaching in Baltimore as part of Teach for America. In both positions, he used research and data to drive tangible research and data results for marginalized populations. He transitioned to working for a smaller corporate crime research–focused nonprofit as a research associate. Always the crime fighter, Mercer worked for both The New York Police Department and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office as a crime analyst. He used data to help decrease crime and violence, help attorneys understand how some prosecutorial techniques disproportionately impact communities of color, and assisted in high-level criminal investigations.

He holds a degree in criminology with a minor in communications studies from American University in Washington, DC. He is based out of San Francisco, California.