Mercier was appointed Executive Manager of the Bonneville Power
Administration’s Fish and Wildlife Division May14. In that position, commonly
referred to as the Director of Fish and Wildlife, Mercier reports directly to
Lorri Bodi, Senior Vice President of Environment, Fish and Wildlife.
previously had been manager of business operations, but had been filling the
Fish and Wildlife director's position on an interim basis since Bill Maslen
retired last year. Bodi announced Mercier’s appointment at the Northwest Power
and Planning Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee meeting in Boise Tuesday.
is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, according to his
biography. He spent most of his life in western Oregon, the son of a Native-American
father and Irish immigrant mother, and currently lives in southwest Portland
with his wife Christine, 2 children (Keekoa “Kee” and Kaalogi “Kali”), and dog
Juno. He is an avid soccer player and fan, having spent 7 years in Europe
playing semi-professional soccer in Germany and Spain.
has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of
Oregon, a graduate certificate in Economics from the University of Freiburg in
Germany, and a graduate degree in Human Rights and International Law from the
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. He has worked nearly 15 years in public
service, including a stint on the staff of former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith of
Oregon and at the US Forest Service in Washington, DC.
returning to Oregon to work for BPA in 2009, he was the principal program
manager of the Native Initiatives program at the Department of Treasury’s
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund, which promotes
economic revitalization in distressed communities throughout the U.S. by
providing financial assistance and information to those institutions.