Merria Velasco

Director of Development
626.797.2402 x202

After 12 years working in education and arts nonprofits, Merria became the first ever Director of Development at Friends In Deed in February 2021. She joins the team as a Certified Fund Raising Executive, although started her career as an auditor at KPMG after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Saint Mary’s College of California.

In her spare time, Merria loves being a Jazzercise instructor, takes Missie (her dog) for leisurely walks, and tries to keep Mocha (her cat) out of trouble. She also enjoys outside activities like gardening, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors with her wildland firefighter husband – especially in the mountain town of Idyllwild where she lived for 5 years.

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