Mercedes Sherrod Evans

Chair

Chief Diversity Officer (Retired)
Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Cambridge, MA

Mercedes Sherrod Evans of Cambridge has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Montserrat College of Art. An attorney by training with a JD from Boston College Law School, Evans also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania College for Women and has received certificates in Dispute Resolution and Human Resource Management from UMass Boston. She spent a good part of her career working in affirmative action and diversity compliance. She retired in 2018 as the Chief Diversity Officer for Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, having served in similar positions for Tufts University and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, among other agencies in the Commonwealth.

She is the past chair of the Cambridge Human Rights Commission, Past President of the Cambridge, Arlington and Belmont Bar Association, a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, American Council on Education – New England Chapter of Network of Women, Leaders in Education, Boston College Law School Black Alumni Association, Art Connection and the Mother Caroline Academy and Educational Center.

She has most recently served Montserrat as a vice-chair of the Montserrat Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.