Meet Mercy Morganfield, the new DC State President. She is founder and director of operations for the learning and business solutions company RightHands Resources, Inc. She is a seasoned corporate trainer. She is an avid volunteer. Now she is also DC State President.
At 51, Mercy Morganfield is definitely living life to the fullest. She wants to make sure our members and all older District residents also live fully. She recognizes the personal value of our citizens and hopes the city does, too, “Our 85,000+ members and volunteers provide a voice of guidance to shape policies so that DC not only meets the needs of older individuals, but the needs and aspirations of all DC residents,” she says emphatically. “We are a strong force within the District. We bring talent, experience, wisdom and value to the city. We embrace the philosophy of AARP’s founder, Dr. Andrus. We want to “serve and not be served.”
Morganfield’s management and corporate training experience span more than two decades with companies like Exxon Mobil, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Ernst & Young. She has used her skills in the workplace and in volunteer settings.
She says, “I have a history of leading groups and galvanizing them to act for a greater purpose.”
Currently, she volunteers with the DC Public Library Foundation Board of Directors to develop staff training and eLearning tools for the public. She also volunteered her expertise as a management and training professional to organizations as diverse as the Smithsonian Institute and Girls Scouts of America. Although not fluent in Spanish, Morganfield effectively chaired the board of directors of Neighbors’ Consejo, one of the largest, bilingual social service outreach programs in Washington, DC.
Regarding her new duties as DC State President, Morganfield says, “I plan to work with members and volunteers in the District to ensure that the needs and aspirations of older residents are always considered and addressed by policy makers, community leaders, civic planners and organizations that serve individuals over 50.”
Her history of coaching and working collaboratively will be a great benefit to the work of AARP DC and she looks forward to touching older residents and their families in many ways. “I believe the District of Columbia can be one of the top five U.S. cities that supports the productivity and well-being of people over 50,” she says passionately, “From addressing isolation, hunger, and health care to providing opportunities for people to reinvent themselves, learn new skills, and start second careers. We are looking at aging productively and holistically.”
“Finally, she adds, “As more people turn 50, our numbers will swell. The District must be proactive in embracing and supporting this growing population and AARP DC will help make that happen.”