Merlynn Watanabe

Merlynn serves as Think Dignity’s Programs and Operations Manager, where she oversees the Mobile Operations of Dignity (MOD) Squad programs, the monthly Basic Dignity Coalition community meetings, the annual Summer and Winter Survival Supply Distributions, and various fundraising events, with a focus on strengthening program design and infrastructure to ensure human-centered support for San Diegans experiencing homelessness. Merlynn also supports the Executive Director with management of TD’s general operations. In addition, she manages the agency’s social media marketing and advocacy campaigns, as well as community education efforts, to increase awareness on the realities and criminalization of homelessness. Merlynn holds a Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Soka University of America.