Cris Mercado

Position: Entrepreneurship Fellow, Queens Village, NY


Cris founded an award-winning social enterprise called GrantAnswers, a B2B career and college consulting firm with clients like the NYC Dept. of Education. It was inspired by past success at TRIO Upward Bound in helping hundreds of LIMFG students ascend to college and earn +$1 million in scholarships. Cris has been a keynote speaker and panelist for the likes of Teach For America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on topics ranging from immigration, workforce development, diversity/inclusion, and entrepreneurship. He has been featured in WSJ, NBC, Forbes, and Time. Cris earned a BA in psychology and a MA in criminal justice from the City University of New York.