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Community development subject of Oct. 6 BYU lecture

A community building director for the Esther Foundation will present “Whose Development?” on Friday, Oct. 6 as part of the International Field Studies Lecture Series at Brigham Young University at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Alisa Allred Mercer, a BYU alumnus, began working for the Esther Foundation in 2004, where she is responsible for managing client relationships and portfolios with over 300 companies throughout the Intermountain West. Her efforts have increased area funding by 50 percent.

She has taught refugees and recent immigrants for the Horizonte Instruction and Training Center in Salt Lake City and trained others in literacy methodology in Retalhuleu, Guatemala. Following a welfare mission to the Dominican Republic (1996–98), Mercer returned to BYU where she participated in a field study in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, Guatemala, first as a participant (2000) and then as a program facilitator (2001).

This lecture will be archived online. For more information on David M. Kennedy Center events, see the calendar online at

Writer: Lee Simons

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