Mercedes Soto is the Manager of Operations for CoLab. She works with staff to: manage grant resources and projects; hire and onboard staff, students and fellows; improve effectiveness of existing processes; and create strategies to improve productivity and efficiency.
Mercedes believes that we have what we need to effectively collaborate and work with others to create the inclusive, equitable and just world we want for ourselves and future generations.
Mercedes Soto has worked in high poverty neighborhoods in Cambridge, Puerto Rico, New York, New Haven, Hartford, and Chicago to improve access to housing, learning and career opportunities for adults and youth. As an experienced manager, trainer, advocate, and community organizer, she has led program development, business planning, staff training, program outcomes evaluation and networking for community-based organizations. She has also provided funding and management support and resources to more than one hundred nonprofits that provide technology access and training to community residents, and helped to start several schools.
Mercedes lives in Cambridge with her son and partner. A grandchild of the Puerto Rican diaspora, she was born and raised in Gary, IN and is a graduate of Harvard University.