David Mercer was a nationally recognized democratic strategist, government relations advisor and media commentator. He developed and maintained strong lasting relationships with significant Washington political operatives and leaders, as well as national business leaders, regardless of their political affiliation. This was a testament to his open-minded, positive views about people and his placing personal relationships ahead of partisanship. Anyone who met him was touched by his kindness, optimism, clarity of thought, and infectious smile.
Bishop Leah Daughtry officiated and speakers included Marie-Claire Brown, Gordon Hensley, Jamal Simmons, Michelle Bernard, Lauren Hobby, Tali Raebeck, Adam Schubert, Minyon Moore, Heather Johnston, and Scott Mercer. Flutist Kevin Willois concluded by playing “Amazing Grace.”
Following the service, a reception was held at Café Milano, where guests enjoyed some of David’s favorite foods, as well as his signature drink – the newly-named Mercer Martini. On-site Covid testing was mandatory for all guests and KN95 masks were distributed.
Additional guests not pictured included Donna Brazile, Tina Flournoy, Rob Liberatore, Jeffrey Hirschberg, Kiki and Joe McLean, Mark Irion, Jill Alper, Kelly Courtney, Diana Rogalle, Kim Kauffman, Erica Payne, Ilyse Hogue, Liz Sizer, Holly Kinnamon, Jackson Dunn, Michael Simpson, Mary Ann Akers and Michael Isikoff, Katie and David Leavy, Tom Lindenfeld, Tamera Luzzatto, Melissa Moss, Christina Sevilla, Kevin Varney, Alix DeJean, Lyndon Boozer, and Eric Schwarz.
A scholarship fund to attend David’s high school alma mater, Milton Academy, has been created and was announced at the service. The David Mercer Memorial Fund will be used to help students with demonstrated financial need attend Milton. Donations can be made here https://www.milton.edu/graduates/give/