Elijah Mercer serves as Research Analyst.
Originally from Newark, New Jersey, he now resides in San Francisco, California. He has a passion for social and juvenile justice. He is most passionate about using data analytics & research to drive results across multiple industries and for many stakeholders. 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. After undergrad, he 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.Then he transitioned to working for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud as their research associate where he once again brought his passion for juvenile justice to his work. Elijah also 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 while advocating for marginalized groups. He also worked at Facebook on their legal team in the India market. Elijah is currently the Founder and CEO of Data For JustUS, a nonprofit and government consulting business that uses data to drive results for marginalized communities. He holds a degree in Criminology with a minor in communication studies from American University in Washington, D.C. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Information and Data Science at University of California in Berkeley.