Cris Mercado is Founder & CEO of GrantAnswers, a data, strategy & product consulting firm for social impact in education and workforce development. He has trained 600+ emerging technologists from diverse backgrounds for tech careers. He has also helped 200+ low-income, 1st generation students ascend to college and earn $2 million in scholarships & grants. His features in WSJ, NBC, CNN and his speaking engagements encompass immigration, career development, entrepreneurship, and tech inclusion. Cris is a winner of the Communitas America Impact Ventures program and Immigrants Rising’s Entrepreneurship Fund.
Growing a business gave me what status took away for so long: Financial security, a decent place to live, and a sense that my talent is treasured. Entrepreneurship became my empowerment, and I’m one of many examples that being paperless does not mean you’re powerless.