Chairman, Ogilvy Government Relations
Moses C. Mercado has more than 16 years of experience at the highest levels of Congress, national politics and corporate lobbying. He has established an expertise in the development of public policy and managing effective public affairs campaigns. Mercado is a premier political organizer who has designed and executed winning strategic plans for leading public officials, including former Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt (D-MO). Mercado was named to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Board in 2008.
At Ogilvy Government Relations, Mercado advises Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions and national trade associations on successfully navigating legislative and regulatory challenges. In particular, Mercado develops comprehensive strategic plans to stabilize crises through the coordination of legislative advocacy, coalition building, paid media, grass-roots organizing and media outreach. Mercado had previously served as vice president of federal affairs to the American Insurance Association, where he shaped the association’s public policy goals and advised the nation’s leading insurance companies.
Mercado’s political and public policy experience includes high-ranking jobs in the US House Democratic Leader’s office and on the Democratic National Committee (DNC). As the DNC’s deputy executive director of intergovernmental affairs, Mercado was responsible for outreach and communications to members of congress, governors, mayors and local elected officials. Prior to that, as deputy chief of staff and senior policy adviser to Democratic Leader Gephardt, Mercado managed day-to-day operations of the leader’s office and served as liaison to members of the Democratic Caucus with an emphasis on newly elected members. Additionally, Mercado served as an adviser to Senator Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, overseeing efforts in the critical swing state of New Mexico.
A native of Texas, Mercado is a graduate of the University of Texas and received a law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. He is a member of the Texas Bar and the American Bar Association. As an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee, Mercado served as a superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.