Lisa E. Mercer

I am the founder of Operation Compass, a non-profit dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking find their way home. My interest and research have been focused on using design research solutions as a way of developing and executing social innovations to affect change.


I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the design research conference “Unfrozen Design Research Winter Summit” hosted by the Swiss Design Network in January of 2016. Recently, I presented my research at the Design Research Society International Conference in June 2016 in Brighton, UK and will be presenting at the DMI: Design Management Institute Conference in July of 2016 in Boston, MA.

I was invited to speak about the development of Operation Compass on NBC DFW by Noelle Walker on a two part series, NPR show “Texas Standard”, the Sirius Radio show hosted by Mark Willis, and the NPR show “All Things Considered” hosted by Justin Martin to speak about my research and how it fueled the creation and implementation of Operation Compass.


Please contact me at lisa(at)